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  1. Current Welfare Problems Facing Horses in Great Britain as Identified by Equine Stakeholders

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    Horseman, Susan V.; Buller, Henry

    2016-01-01

    Despite growing concerns about the welfare of horses in Great Britain (GB) there has been little surveillance of the welfare status of the horse population. Consequently we have limited knowledge of the range of welfare problems experienced by horses in GB and the situations in which poor welfare occurs. Thirty-one in-depth interviews were conducted with a cross -section of equine stakeholders, in order to explore their perceptions of the welfare problems faced by horses in GB. Welfare problems relating to health, management and riding and training were identified, including horses being under or over weight, stabling 24 hours a day and the inappropriate use of training aids. The interviewees also discussed broader contexts in which they perceived that welfare was compromised. The most commonly discussed context was where horses are kept in unsuitable environments, for example environments with poor grazing. The racing industry and travellers horses were identified as areas of the industry where horse welfare was particularly vulnerable to compromise. Lack of knowledge and financial constraints were perceived to be the root cause of poor welfare by many interviewees. The findings give insight into the range of welfare problems that may be faced by horses in GB, the contexts in which these may occur and their possible causes. Many of the problems identified by the interviewees have undergone limited scientific investigation pointing to areas where further research is likely to be necessary for welfare improvement. The large number of issues identified suggests that some form of prioritisation may be necessary to target research and resources effectively. PMID:27501387

  2. On current trace problem

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    2000-01-01

    The pricing of electricity trasmission requires determining how much use each generator is making of a transmission line and what is each generator's contribution to the system losses. Such problems cannot be solved by only using Kirchoff's laws. This paper proposes two current decomposition axioms based on which the theories and models are established for the current trace problem. To create an efficient algorithm the graph theory is employed. It is proved that there is no directed circuit in a directed current distribution graph. According to this theorem a very simple and efficient algorithm based on recursive elimination process is suggested. A simple example is used to explain the algorithm.

  3. On current trace problem

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    王锡凡; 王秀丽

    2000-01-01

    The pricing of electricity trasmission requires determining how much use each generator is making of a transmission line and what is each generator’s contribution to the system losses. Such problems cannot be solved by only using Kirchoff’s laws. This paper proposes two current decomposition axioms based on which the theories and models are established for the current trace problem. To create an efficient algorithm the graph theory is employed. It is proved that there is no directed circuit in a directed current distribution graph. According to this theorem a very simple and efficient algorithm based on recursive elimination process is suggested. A simple example is used to explain the algorithm .

  4. Current Water Issues Faced with Tianjin

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    刘柳

    2009-01-01

    Tianjin is the third biggest city in China,but currently facing a severe water shortage.Historically,due to Tianjin's geographic location it is a water rich city,but over the past 50 decades has become a water poor area.Over all both quality and quantity of Tianjin's water resource are declining.Recommendations arc made to resolve this water problem in different aspects.%天津作为中国的直辖市之一,目前面临着严重水资源短缺的问题.在历史上,因为它的地理位置,天津是水资源丰富的城市.然而近几十年来天津已经成为水资源极度匮乏地区.天津水资源的数量和质量都在急刷下降.在这篇文章中提出了一些建议来帮助解决这些水问题.

  5. Current Social Problem Novels.

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    Kenney, Donald J.

    This review of social problem novels for young adults opens with a brief background of the genre, then lists the dominant themes of social problem fiction and nonfiction novels that have been published in the last two years, such as alcoholism, alienation, death, growing up and self-awarness, drugs, and divorce. Other themes mentioned are…

  6. 高校流动资产管理面临的问题及对策%Problems Faced by College Current Asset Management and Countermeasures

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    韦光莉

    2013-01-01

      近年来,我国的高等教育取得了飞速的发展。随着国家对高等教育投入的逐年加大,高校的流动资产也迅猛增长。如何对其进行有效管理,使其达到良好的“性价比”(即以较低的成本满足高校的正常运转)就成了摆在我们面前的一个很重要的问题。本文从高校国有资产管理的现状出发,主要针对流动资产管理中存在的问题进行了深入分析,并就如何更加有效地管理高校流动资产提出了自己的观点和看法。%In recent years, with the rapid development of higher education and the increasing in state higher education investment year by year, the college's current assets have been increased rapidly. How to effectively manage them to meet the normal operation of the college with a lower cost became a very important issue. From the status quo of college-owned assets management, this paper made in-depth analysis of existing problems in the management of current assets, and put forward own views and opinions on more effective management of university current assets.

  7. [Current problems in medical entomology].

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    Alekseev, A N

    1999-01-01

    The major problems facing medical entomology as a science and practical health care facilities in the Russian Federations allows to outline the tasks to be solved in order of their priority and significance. These include the study and monitoring of tick-borne infections, resurrecting malaria, gnat-induced diseases, acariases, allergosis and pediculosis. It is emphasized that medical entomology as a science cannot develop since the man-made changes of the environment and the predicted global warming of the Earth climate are not taken into account. The present status of medical entomological service is considered to be poor. Governmental support is required.

  8. Strategies For Dealing With Problems Faced By Men Participating In ...

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    Problems identified by men in Umkhanyakude range from socio-economic ... Health problems included premature death and illness, violent death and injury, drugs ... economic and development strategies to deal with problems that they face.

  9. What’s in a Face? How Face Gender and Current Affect Influence Perceived Emotion

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    Harris, Daniel A.; Hayes-Skelton, Sarah A.; Ciaramitaro, Vivian M.

    2016-01-01

    Faces drive our social interactions. A vast literature suggests an interaction between gender and emotional face perception, with studies using different methodologies demonstrating that the gender of a face can affect how emotions are processed. However, how different is our perception of affective male and female faces? Furthermore, how does our current affective state when viewing faces influence our perceptual biases? We presented participants with a series of faces morphed along an emotional continuum from happy to angry. Participants judged each face morph as either happy or angry. We determined each participant’s unique emotional ‘neutral’ point, defined as the face morph judged to be perceived equally happy and angry, separately for male and female faces. We also assessed how current state affect influenced these perceptual neutral points. Our results indicate that, for both male and female participants, the emotional neutral point for male faces is perceptually biased to be happier than for female faces. This bias suggests that more happiness is required to perceive a male face as emotionally neutral, i.e., we are biased to perceive a male face as more negative. Interestingly, we also find that perceptual biases in perceiving female faces are correlated with current mood, such that positive state affect correlates with perceiving female faces as happier, while we find no significant correlation between negative state affect and the perception of facial emotion. Furthermore, we find reaction time biases, with slower responses for angry male faces compared to angry female faces. PMID:27733839

  10. Facing America's Problems: A Call for Action.

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    Eisenhower, Milton S.

    1981-01-01

    Points out ways in which science and technology have contributed to social change and stimulated massive social problems such as inflation, crime, unemployment, imbalances in international trade, and energy shortages suggests ways in which citizens can understand and cope with these problems. (DB)

  11. Problems That Principals Face In School Administration

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    Engin Aslanargun

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Transformation is the key concept in this century that should be taken into consideration in organization anyway. Educational organizations are also under the influence of such transformation as in the case for others, the role of administrators have taken more significance that leads them to apply emerging approaches in organizational life. The purpose of this study is to define the communicative problems that principals experience in school settings and possible problem solving behaviors towards teachers. 7 principals administering schools in the town of Akçakoca, in Düzce, included the study with qualitative case design and purposive, maximum sampling procedure. It was appeared that principals have displayed in some cases similar and different administrative behaviors while tackling with communicative and problem solving conditions. It was revealed that principals tend to do their jobs within limited scope and structure based administrative style instead of consideration as a result of this study. School climate that is essential for effective learning and teaching process have been asserted to be ignored or taken less significance behind the structural and material matters

  12. LDCs face another kind of health problem.

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    Kaufman, H

    1977-10-06

    Early childbearing is increasing worldwide, in both the developed and the developing countries. In 1975, 13 million young women became mothers before their 18th birthday. Such early childbearing causes major health, economic, social, and demographic problems. The disadvantages are felt by the young women, their sexual partners, the babies born to these women, and society in general. Reasons why adolescents are engaging in earlier sexual activity and experiencing more early pregnancies are enumerated. The 1st Interhemispheric Conference on Adolescent Fertility, sponsored by the Agency for International Development and other involved organizations, was held in 1976. The Conference participants made recommendations concerned with the legal, educational, and social aspects of early childbearing. Many youth education programs have been established since the Conference. Research projects have been launched to study the social consequences of adolescent pregnancy. Many more family life education and family planning services must be offered. A significant hindrance to such developments is the reluctance of adults around the world to recognize and deal with the problem.

  13. Characteristics of problem drinkers in e-therapy versus face-to-face treatment.

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    Postel, M.G.; Haan, H.A. de; Huurne, E.D. Ter; Becker, E.S.; Jong, C.A.J. de

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The availability of online treatment programs offers the potential to reach more problem drinkers. This study compared the client populations of an e-therapy program (asynchronous client-therapist communication via the Internet) and a face-to-face treatment program. OBJECTIVE: To determi

  14. Characteristics of Problem Drinkers in E-therapy versus Face-to-Face Treatment

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    Postel, M.G.; Haan, H.A. de; Huurne, E.D. ter; Becker, E.S.; Jong, C.A.J. de

    2011-01-01

    Background: The availability of online treatment programs offers the potential to reach more problem drinkers. This study compared the client populations of an e-therapy program (asynchronous client–therapist communication via the Internet) and a face-to-face treatment program. Objective: To determi

  15. Special problems facing the psychiatrist-administrator.

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    Greenblatt, M

    1979-11-01

    Psychiatrists who become administrators often find themselves in an unfamiliar world of planning, budget and cost control, labor relations, and mental health law. They discover that the physical and mental demands of leadership are great, their role makes them highly visible, and their future is uncertain. Psychiatric administrators in general hospitals are in a unique position of competing for resources with medicine and surgery. In addition, the need for linkages to the community challenges the psychiatric administrator to deliver services to defined catchment areas, identify cases at risk, and establish halfway houses and similar facilities. While the author discusses primarily the stresses and problems of being a psychiatric administrator, he also says there are special satisfactions of the executive role.

  16. PROBLEMS FACED BY INDONESIAN EFL LEARNERS IN WRITING ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY

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    Wulan Rahmatunisa

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to find out problems in writing argumentative essay faced by Indonesian EFL learners. It is carried out in a qualitative research design as it attempted to describe the problems and their ways out. The data were taken from university students’ writing task and interview. The participants are the second year of university Indonesia students who enrol their study in English Department. Results of the data indicated that Indonesian EFL learners faced the problems in three categories, those are linguistics problems, cognitive problems, and psychological problems. Mostly, students faced problems in linguistics related to the grammatical structure (23.2%, formatting words (30.2%, words classes (16.3%, error in using words (9.3%, and the use of article (21%. Second, cognitive problems are related to organizing paragraph, difficulties in remaining word classes, getting lost the generic structure, making a conclusion, and putting punctuation. Last, psychological problems which included laziness, egoism, bad mood, and difficulties to start writing also faced by Indonesian EFL learners. Data analysis also indicated the problem solving which hopefully will be beneficial for EFL teachers in writing class. It is strongly recommended that the EFL class should strengthen all the language skills in general and writing in particular, motivate the students to use English with the teachers, introduce pair work, peer-correction, and use dictionaries frequently etc.

  17. Are CCRCs facing a promising future or potential problems?

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    Ruchlin, H S

    1987-10-01

    In a recently completed study profiling CCRCs, it was concluded that CCRCs are showing an improved financial position. However, financial problems were noted. In many cases, income and equity deficits were reported. Financial ratios indicated additional potential problems. Unless improvements can be made, CCRCs may be facing a future of financial difficulties.

  18. Problems faced by editors of peer reviewed medical journals.

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    Jawaid, Shaukat A

    2004-01-01

    Forty-six medical and dental journals are published from Pakistan of which only 29 are currently recognized by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. Only a few are peer reviewed. Six are indexed in Medline while EMBASE Excerpta Medica and World Health Organization Index Medicus for Eastern Mediterranean Region cover others. Editors of the peer reviewed medical journals are faced with numerous problems, which relate to the authors. Some of these are: shortage of quality of manuscripts, poor quality of reviewers, problems with indexation in international indexing services particularly Medline, duplicate submission and authorship and lastly, financial problems. Patronage from the Pharma industry is the major source of revenue which itself has serious implications. Editing a medical journal is a very stressful job and the editors have to work under too many pressures. A lot of useful data is presented at medical conferences, but a vast majority of it remains unpublished for various reasons, which adversely affects the citation rate from scientists from the developing third world countries in the world of medical literature. A few lectures on medical writing and research methodology to final year medical students will expose them to the art of medical writing. Specialty organizations can be persuaded to have a session on medical writing at their conferences, which will be extremely helpful not only to the potential new authors but also others, thereby improving the quality of their manuscripts. In addition to regular seminars, workshops for authors, reviewers and training courses for editors, subscribing to local medical journals by healthcare professionals and libraries are some of the measures that will help improve the situation to a great extent.

  19. Displacement currents in geoelectromagnetic problems

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    Mogilatov, Vladimir; Goldman, Mark; Persova, Marina; Soloveichik, Yury

    2014-06-01

    The influence of displacement currents in conventional geoelectromagnetic (GEM) methods using unimodal transversal electric (TE) or multimodal TE and TM (transversal magnetic) fields is only significant at very high frequencies in the frequency domain or at extremely early times in the time domain. The transient process in the latter includes three stages: the propagation through air, the propagation through earth and the diffusion within the earth. The influence of displacement currents is significant mainly during the former two stages, normally up to several tens to a few hundreds of nanoseconds. The behavior is essentially different in novel GEM methods using a vertical electric dipole (VED) or circular electric dipole (CED) sources of unimodal TM-fields. Under certain geoelectric conditions, the influence of displacement currents in these methods might be crucial at late times as well. This happens, if the model consists of insulating layers. In the absence of displacement currents, such layers would totally mask underlying structures. However, TM-fields including displacement currents depend on geoelectric parameters below insulating layers at late times.

  20. Tiny Babies May Face Mental Health Problems Later

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    ... Español You Are Here: Home → Latest Health News → Article URL of this page: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_163563.html Tiny Babies May Face Mental Health Problems Later Review found greater likelihood of ADHD, anxiety and depression To use the sharing features on this page, ...

  1. Influenza: A current medical problem

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    Bojić Ivanko

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Acute respiratory infections are the most common infections in the human population. Among them, virus infections, especially those caused by influenza viruses, have an important place. Type A influenza. Type A influenza virus caused three epidemics during the last century. A high percetage of deceased in pandemics of 1918, and 1919 were young, healthy persons, with many of the deaths due to an unusually severe, hemorrhagic pneumonia. At the end of 2003, and the beginning of 2004, an epidemic emerged in South East Asia of poultry influenza caused by animal (avian virus. Later it spread to the human population, with a high death rate of 73% and with a possibility of interhuman transmission. This review article provides an overview of the clinical manifestations, laboratory findings and chest radiographs. Apart from the symptomatic and supportive therapy, there are antiviral drugs and corticosteriods. Conclusion. The use of vaccine containing subtypes of virus hemagglutinins and neuraminidase from an influenza virus currently infecting the population has a great importance. .

  2. Counting to 20: Online Implementation of a Face-to-Face, Elementary Mathematics Methods Problem-Solving Activity

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    Schwartz, Catherine Stein

    2012-01-01

    This study describes implementation of the same problem-solving activity in both online and face-to-face environments. The activity, done in the first class period or first module of a K-2 mathematics methods course, was initially used in a face-to-face class and then adapted later for use in an online class. While the task was originally designed…

  3. Main Problems Faced by Chinese RE Permanent Magnetic Industry

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    2005-01-01

    Under over 50 years' development, Chinese rare earth magnetic industry developed into the global AINiCo, ferrite permanent magnets and NdFeB magnets manufacturing center, and average consumption of magnets per person in China increased to 1.026 tons in 2003 from 0.217 ton in 1990. Although China has been the large producing country of rare earth permanent magnetic materials, to be the strongest one, there are many problems to solve. Main Problems Faced By Chinese Permanent Magnet Industry

  4. A Problem with Current Conceptions of Expert Problem Solving

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    Kuo, Eric; Gupta, Ayush; Elby, Andrew

    2011-01-01

    Current conceptions of expert problem solving depict physical/conceptual reasoning and formal mathematical reasoning as separate steps: a good problem solver first translates a physical understanding into mathematics, then performs mathematical/symbolic manipulations, then interprets the mathematical solution physically. However, other research suggests that blending conceptual and symbolic reasoning during symbolic manipulations can reflect expertise. We explore the hypothesis that blending conceptual and symbolic reasoning (i) indicates problem-solving expertise more than adherence to "expert" problem-solving steps and (ii) is something some undergraduates do spontaneously, suggesting it's a feasible instructional target. Interviewed students were asked to (1) explain a particular equation and (2) solve a problem using that equation. In-depth analysis of two students, Alex and Pat, revealed a pattern of behavior. All 11 interviews were coded to investigate the generalizability of this pattern. Alex describe...

  5. Consensus on Current Injectable Treatment Strategies in the Asian Face.

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    Wu, Woffles T L; Liew, Steven; Chan, Henry H; Ho, Wilson W S; Supapannachart, Nantapat; Lee, Hong-Ki; Prasetyo, Adri; Yu, Jonathan Nevin; Rogers, John D

    2016-04-01

    The desire for and use of nonsurgical injectable esthetic facial treatments are increasing in Asia. The structural and anatomical features specific to the Asian face, and differences from Western populations in facial aging, necessitate unique esthetic treatment strategies, but published recommendations and clinical evidence for injectable treatments in Asians are scarce. The Asian Facial Aesthetics Expert Consensus Group met to discuss current practices and consensus opinions on the cosmetic use of botulinum toxin and hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, alone and in combination, for facial applications in Southeastern and Eastern Asians. Consensus opinions and statements on treatment aims and current practice were developed following discussions regarding pre-meeting and meeting survey outcomes, peer-reviewed literature, and the experts' clinical experience. The indications and patterns of use of injectable treatments vary among patients of different ages, and among Asian countries. The combination use of botulinum toxin and fillers increases as patients age. Treatment aims in Asians and current practice regarding the use of botulinum toxin and HA fillers in the upper, middle, and lower face of patients aged 18 to >55 years are presented. In younger Asian patients, addressing proportion and structural features and deficiencies are important to achieve desired esthetic outcomes. In older patients, maintaining facial structure and volume and addressing lines and folds are essential to reduce the appearance of aging. This paper provides guidance on treatment strategies to address the complex esthetic requirements in Asian patients of all ages. This journal requires that the authors assign a level of evidence to each article. For a full description of these Evidence-Based Medicine ratings, please refer to the Table of Contents or the online Instructions to Authors www.springer.com/00266.

  6. Content and Processes in Problem-Based Learning: A Comparison of Computer-Mediated and Face-to-Face Communication

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    Stromso, H. I.; Grottum, P.; Lycke, K. H.

    2007-01-01

    There has been an increasing interest in the use of computer-mediated communication (CMC) in problem-based learning. One line of research has been to introduce synchronous, or simultaneous, communication attempting to create text-based digital real-time interaction. Compared with face-to-face (F2F) communication, CMC may be a poorer medium…

  7. Solving the Border Control Problem: Evidence of Enhanced Face Matching in Individuals with Extraordinary Face Recognition Skills.

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    Bobak, Anna Katarzyna; Dowsett, Andrew James; Bate, Sarah

    2016-01-01

    Photographic identity documents (IDs) are commonly used despite clear evidence that unfamiliar face matching is a difficult and error-prone task. The current study set out to examine the performance of seven individuals with extraordinary face recognition memory, so called "super recognisers" (SRs), on two face matching tasks resembling border control identity checks. In Experiment 1, the SRs as a group outperformed control participants on the "Glasgow Face Matching Test", and some case-by-case comparisons also reached significance. In Experiment 2, a perceptually difficult face matching task was used: the "Models Face Matching Test". Once again, SRs outperformed controls both on group and mostly in case-by-case analyses. These findings suggest that SRs are considerably better at face matching than typical perceivers, and would make proficient personnel for border control agencies.

  8. Myth 15: High-Ability Students Don't Face Problems and Challenges

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    Moon, Sidney M.

    2009-01-01

    One rationale for failure to address the needs of high-ability students in schools is that high-ability students do not need special services because they do not face any special problems or challenges. A more extreme corollary of this attitude is the notion that high ability is so protective that students with high ability do not face problems or…

  9. Problems Faced by Physical Handicapped Students in Educational Institutions in District Kohat

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    Hussain, Ishtiaq; Bashir, Muhammad; ud Din, Muhammad Naseer; Butt, Muhammad Naeem; Akhter, Shagufa; Inamullah, Hafiz

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to explore the problems faced by physical handicapped students in normal educational institutions and to find solutions to the problems faced by physical handicapped students. All the physical handicapped students studying in educational institutions in District Kohat constituted the population of the study. The study…

  10. The problem of current toxic chemicals management.

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    Tickner, Joel; Geiser, Ken

    2004-01-01

    In this article, we explore the limitations of current chemicals management policies worldwide and the evolution of new European, International and U.S. policies to address the problem of toxic chemicals control. It is becoming increasingly apparent that current chemicals management policies in Europe and the United States are inadequate. There is a general lack of toxicity and exposure information on chemicals in commerce and the vast majority of chemicals were considered safe until proven guilty in legislation. Governments must then prove each chemical is dangerous through a slow and resource-intensive risk assessment process. For more than a decade, Nordic countries, such as Denmark and Sweden, have actively promoted integrated chemicals policies to address contamination of critical waterways. They have successfully used a variety of voluntary and mandatory policy tools, such as education, procurement, lists of chemicals of concern, eco-labeling, research and development on safer substitutes, and chemical phase-out requirements, to encourage companies using chemicals to reduce their reliance on harmful substances and to develop safer substitutes. While previously isolated to particular countries, innovative and exciting European-wide policies to promote sustainable chemicals management are now moving forward, including the recently published draft Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of CHemicals (REACH) policy of the European Union. A sweeping change in chemicals management policies in Europe is inevitable and it will ultimately affect manufacturers in the U.S. and globally. The European movement provides an opportunity to initiate a discussion on integrated chemicals policy in the U.S. where some innovative initiatives already are underway.

  11. Current problems of close-to-nature silviculture in Italy

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    Paci M

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The main problems of Italian forests are critically reviewed, considering the ecological as well the socio-economic factors that have been responsable of the main evolutionary processes, i.e., the secondary succession under artificial conifer stands, the ageing of the coppice forest, the post-cultivation evolution on abandoned fields and the increase of wild ungulates, which currently represents one of the most dramatic problems to be faced in forest management. Concepts as biodiversity, multifunctionality and sustainable management are the foundations, nowadays, of forest management. The main elements traditionally characterizing the close-to-nature silviculture are discussed and critically examined, warning against ideology and rigidity. Two concepts are more carefully discussed: natural vegetation dynamics and mixed uneven aged forest. An analysis of the priorities of silviculture in Italy concludes the paper, namely: the importance to take advantage of the “natural opportunities” in the cheapest way (the cost of the thinnings is a first rate problem, nowadays; to consider forests ecosystems in the context of surrounding natural and cultural landscape; to define proper management strategies for secondary successions on abandoned fields and pastures; to aim at re-naturalizing artificial conifer stands and increasing/maintaining forest biodiversity; to tackle effectively the wild ungulates problem.

  12. Key technical problems of extra-high concrete faced rock-fill dam

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    2007-01-01

    This paper summarizes the main technical points related to 100 m-height-scale concrete faced rock-fill dams and analyzes the main problems and their causes occurring during construction of 200 m-height-scale concrete faced rock-fill dams.This paper has raised the key technical problems which need to study for construction of 300 m-height-scale concrete faced rock-fill dams based on the main experiences on the extra-high concrete faced rock-fill dams built after the year of 2000.

  13. The Problems Facing Multidisciplinary Teams: As Perceived by Team Members.

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    Pfeiffer, Steven I.

    1981-01-01

    Investigated the problems team members perceive to exist on multidisciplinary teams. Results indicated the two major areas of concern for urban, multidisciplinary team members were: too constrictive a set of team roles and goals, and teams functioning under extensive pressure with minimal support. (Author)

  14. Legal and institutional problems facing geothermal development in Hawaii

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    1978-10-01

    The problems discussed confronting future geothermal development in Hawaii include: a seemingly insoluble mismatch of resource and market; the burgeoning land claims of the Native Hawaiian community; a potential legal challenge to the State's claim to hegemony over all of Hawaii's geothermal resources, regardless of surface ownership; resistance to any sudden, large scale influx of Mainland industry, and questionable economics for the largest potential industrial users. (MHR)

  15. Problems Faced by Mexican Asylum Seekers in the United States

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    J. Anna Cabot

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Violence in Mexico rose sharply in response to President Felipe Calderón’s military campaign against drug cartels which began in late 2006. As a consequence, the number of Mexicans who have sought asylum in the United States has grown significantly. In 2013, Mexicans made up the second largest group of defensive asylum seekers (those in removal proceedings in the United States, behind only China (EOIR 2014b. Yet between 2008 and 2013, the grant rate for Mexican asylum seekers in immigration court fell from 23 percent to nine percent (EOIR 2013, 2014b. This paper examines—from the perspective of an attorney who represented Mexican asylum seekers on the US-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas—the reasons for low asylum approval rates for Mexicans despite high levels of violence in and flight from Mexico from 2008 to 2013. It details the obstacles faced by Mexican asylum seekers along the US-Mexico border, including placement in removal proceedings, detention, evidentiary issues, narrow legal standards, and (effectively judicial notice of country conditions in Mexico. The paper recommends that asylum seekers at the border be placed in affirmative proceedings (before immigration officials, making them eligible for bond. It also proposes increased oversight of immigration judges.

  16. Public Economy versus Planned Economy. Current Approaches and Problems

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    Ani Matei

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available he present paper proposes a review of the current object and problems facing the public economy. For the past decade and a half, public economy has clearly come back in the attention of the research interests of specialists from the Central and Eastern European countries. Among these, the scientific research encompassed by the public economy area interrelates with the international trends. At a closer look, public economy appears to be a science, particularly interdisciplinary, with sociological, political, econometrical or systemic approaches possible to prevail. To continue, the author makes reference to four pillars of the public economy: optimum, welfare, social choice and economic justice that allow different approaches to develop. A science branch, equally theoretical and practical, public economy will stress its connections with the economic and mathematic modeling, systemic analysis or sociological and political research. Still, seve¬ral problems in public economy remain open. These concentrate on the public interest, intervention and decision. Conceptualization, understanding and description of the mechanisms that allow the operationalisation may form the basis for further developments on both theoretical and practical level. A clear distinction in order to justify the title of this article needs to be made. Public economy is not to be confused with planning economy. The state remains but one of the producers and delivery agents of public goods and services.

  17. Public Economy versus Planned Economy. Current Approaches and Problems

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    Ani Matei

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The present paper proposes a review of the current object and problems facing the public economy. For the past decade and a half, public economy has clearly come back in the attention of the research interests of specialists from the Central and Eastern European countries. Among these, the scientific research encompassed by the public economy area interrelates with the international trends. At a closer look, public economy appears to be a science, particularly interdisciplinary, with sociological, political, econometrical or systemic approaches possible to prevail. To continue, the author makes reference to four pillars of the public economy: optimum, welfare, social choice and economic justice that allow different approaches to develop. A science branch, equally theoretical and practical, public economy will stress its connections with the economic and mathematic modeling, systemic analysis or sociological and political research. Still, seve¬ral problems in public economy remain open. These concentrate on the public interest, intervention and decision. Conceptualization, understanding and description of the mechanisms that allow the operationalisation may form the basis for further developments on both theoretical and practical level. A clear distinction in order to justify the title of this article needs to be made. Public economy is not to be confused with planning economy. The state remains but one of the producers and delivery agents of public goods and services.

  18. Unmasking the health problems faced by the police personnel

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    G.Jahnavi

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To assess the health problems of the police personnel under Vijayawada police commisionerate 2. To make the health check ups regular and 3. To make the physical fitness programme mandatory for them.Study design: cross sectional study Methodology: Health check up was done for 617 police personnel from 12.11.09 to 4.12.09. In the morning hours, a group of junior doctors, paramedical staff and technicians visited the police dispensary to do the general check up, take blood samples and ECG. The following afternoon a group of specialists visited to check the same patients along with their reports to make the final diagnosis. Results: Out of 617 police personnel 259 (42% were overweight/obese, lack of physical activity was found in 397 (64% of them, alcohol consumption was present in 148 (24% and smoking in 136 (22% of the police personnel. Diabetes was diagnosed in 229 (37% and hypertension in 203 (33%. Anemia was detected in 154 (25%, visual abnormalities in 59 (10%, lipid abnormalities in 185 (30%, liver function test abnormalities in 31 (5%, ECG abnormalities in 25 (4%, renal function abnormalities in 6 (1%. Conclusion: A Physical fitness Schedule along with Stress alleviation techniques to be made mandatory for the police personnel to keep them physically and mentally fit, to perform critical job functions, to alleviate stress, and to improve their quality of life. Routine health checkups should be done to detect lurking dangers.

  19. Antibacterial resistance: Current problems and possible solutions

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    Sharma Rashmi

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Antimicrobial resistance is a natural biological phenomenon of response of microbes to the selective pressure of an antimicrobial drug. Resistance may be inherent, which explains the phenomenon of opportunistic infection or acquired. Concern about the resistance increased in the late 1990′s and since then, many governmental and agency reports have been published regarding the agricultural use of antibacterials, advising less use of antibacterials, appropriate choice of antibacterials and regimens, prevention of cross-infection and development of new antibacterials. The emergence of multidrug resistant strains of Gram-negative bacteria (Pseudomonas, Klebsiella, Enterobacter, Acinetobacter, Salmonella species and Gram-positve organisms (Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, Streptococcus species is the more worrisome in the present therapeutic scenario. Multidrug - resistant tuberculosis is another serious public health problems. Resistance to some agents can be overcome by modifying the dosage regimens (e.g., using high-dose therapy or inhibiting the resistance mechanism (e.g., beta-lactamase inhibitors, whereas other mechanisms of resistance can only be overcome by using an agent from a different class. It is urgently required to ban the sale of antibiotics without prescription, to use antibiotics more judiciously in hospitals by intensive teaching of the principles of the use of antibiotics and to establish better control measures for nosocomial infections. Thus, it is highly recommended that practicing physicians should become aware of the magnitude of existing problem of antibacterial resistance and help in fighting this deadly threat by rational prescribing.

  20. Neurocysticercosis: Diagnostic problems & current therapeutic strategies

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    Rajshekhar, Vedantam

    2016-01-01

    Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is the most common single cause of seizures/epilepsy in India and several other endemic countries throughout the world. It is also the most common parasitic disease of the brain caused by the cestode Taenia solium or pork tapeworm. The diagnosis of NCC and the tapeworm carrier (taeniasis) can be relatively inaccessible and expensive for most of the patients. In spite of the introduction of several new immunological tests, neuroimaging remains the main diagnostic test for NCC. The treatment of NCC is also mired in controversy although, there is emerging evidence that albendazole (a cysticidal drug) may be beneficial for patients by reducing the number of seizures and hastening the resolution of live cysts. Currently, there are several diagnostic and management issues which remain unresolved. This review will highlight some of these issues. PMID:28139530

  1. Neurocysticercosis: Diagnostic problems & current therapeutic strategies

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    Vedantam Rajshekhar

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    Full Text Available Neurocysticercosis (NCC is the most common single cause of seizures/epilepsy in India and several other endemic countries throughout the world. It is also the most common parasitic disease of the brain caused by the cestode Taenia solium or pork tapeworm. The diagnosis of NCC and the tapeworm carrier (taeniasis can be relatively inaccessible and expensive for most of the patients. In spite of the introduction of several new immunological tests, neuroimaging remains the main diagnostic test for NCC. The treatment of NCC is also mired in controversy although, there is emerging evidence that albendazole (a cysticidal drug may be beneficial for patients by reducing the number of seizures and hastening the resolution of live cysts. Currently, there are several diagnostic and management issues which remain unresolved. This review will highlight some of these issues.

  2. Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)

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    This book has eight chapters. Chapter one just gives references to the materials used in this book. Analysis of the collected date is carried out in chapter two. Chapter three introduces a New Fuzzy Cognitive Relational Maps (FCRMs)bimodel to study the socio-economic problems of PWDs. Economic problems faced by PWDs is analysed in chapter four using Special Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (SFCMs) model introduced by the authors. Chapter five carries out the study of interrelated problems faced by the PWDs and the caretakers. In chapter six we use the new FCRM bimodel to analyse the problems faced by the rural PWDs. This data was collected from charity homes run by NGOs and others in and near Chennai is carried out in chapter seven. Conclusions based on this study are given the end of this chapter. The final chapter gives the suggestions and conclusions from our study in chapter two to six and also from the interviews and discussions with them.

  3. Current problems in Russian-Latvian relations

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    Mezhevich Nikolay

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    Full Text Available Current relations between Russia and Latvia are still influenced by a series of mutual claims that appeared after the demise of the USSR. Latvia — as well as Estonia and Lithuania — is both an EU and NATO member state. However, unlike the above mentioned countries, its relations with Russia are developing at a more pragmatic level. Numerous political differences often result in economic losses both for Latvia and Russia. Despite the fact that Latvia has been an independent state for more than 20 years, there are still some unresolved issues in its relations with Russia. Today, relations between the two countries are often viewed through the prism of EU — Russia relations. Nonetheless, they often do not fit this context. Settling differences between Latvia and Russia will contribute to trade relations, which are increasingly important for both parties. In order to prevent and localise emerging conflicts, diplomats, politicians, and experts should interpret Russian-Latvian relations in view of the national features without referring to theoretical models based on the mythological “unity” of the three Baltic States.

  4. Adaptation of Induced Fuzzy Cognitive Maps to the Problems Faced by the Power Loom Workers

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    Full Text Available The Indian textile industry has a significant presence in the economy as well as in the international textile economy. In this research Paper we study the socio economic problems faced by power loom workers in Avinashi in Tamilnadu, India, using Induced Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (IFCMs. We have interviewed 50 households in the study area using a linguistic questionnaire. As the problems faced by them at large, involved so much of feelings and uncertainties. We felt it to fit to use fuzzy theory in general and induced fuzzy cognitive maps in particular. For IFCMs is the best suited tool when the data is an unsupervised one.

  5. Finessing filter scarcity problem in face recognition via multi-fold filter convolution

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    Low, Cheng-Yaw; Teoh, Andrew Beng-Jin

    2017-06-01

    The deep convolutional neural networks for face recognition, from DeepFace to the recent FaceNet, demand a sufficiently large volume of filters for feature extraction, in addition to being deep. The shallow filter-bank approaches, e.g., principal component analysis network (PCANet), binarized statistical image features (BSIF), and other analogous variants, endure the filter scarcity problem that not all PCA and ICA filters available are discriminative to abstract noise-free features. This paper extends our previous work on multi-fold filter convolution (ℳ-FFC), where the pre-learned PCA and ICA filter sets are exponentially diversified by ℳ folds to instantiate PCA, ICA, and PCA-ICA offspring. The experimental results unveil that the 2-FFC operation solves the filter scarcity state. The 2-FFC descriptors are also evidenced to be superior to that of PCANet, BSIF, and other face descriptors, in terms of rank-1 identification rate (%).

  6. Problems Faced by Beginning Teachers in Private Elementary Schools: A Comparative Study between Spain and Mexico

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    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available In order to explore the problems faced by beginning teachers in private elementary schools in the Spanish city of Madrid and in the Mexican city of Monterrey, questionnaires were applied to private school teachers just starting out in both cities. The results indicate that in both contexts, as beginners, teachers face problems of an academic, organizational, social, and material and technological nature. However, it stresses the fact that Mexican teachers perceive more problems in all the categories than do their Spanish colleagues. Similarity in the results was found in the category of social problems, which was the one mentioned least by the teachers in both cities. This suggests that the cultural nature of these two countries may be a factor to be considered in connection with fostering beginning teachers’ adaptation process.

  7. On the Cutting Edge: Face-to-Face and Virtual Professional Development for Current and Future Geoscience Faculty

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    Macdonald, H.; Manduca, C. A.; Mogk, D. W.; Tewksbury, B. J.; Iverson, E. A.; Kirk, K. B.; Beane, R. J.; McConnell, D.; Wiese, K.; Wysession, M. E.

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    On the Cutting Edge, a comprehensive, discipline-wide professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty, aims to develop a geoscience professoriate committed to high-quality instruction based on currency in scientific knowledge, good pedagogic practice, and research on learning. Our program provides an integrated workshop series and online teaching resources. Since 2002, we have offered more than 80 face-to-face workshops, virtual workshops and webinars, and hybrid events. Participants come from two-year colleges and four-year colleges and universities. The workshop series is designed to address the needs of faculty in all career stages at the full spectrum of institutions and covering the breadth of the geoscience curriculum. We select timely and compelling topics and create opportunities of interest to faculty. We offer workshops on course design, new geoscience research and pedagogical topics, core geoscience curriculum topics, and introductory courses as well as workshops for early career faculty and for future faculty. Our workshops are designed to model good teaching practice. We set workshop goals that guide workshop planning and evaluation. Workshops are interactive, emphasize participant learning, provide opportunities for participants to interact and share experience/knowledge, provide good resources, give participants time to reflect and to develop action plans, and help transform their ideas about teaching. We emphasize the importance of adaptation in the context of their specific situations. For virtual workshops and webinars we use icebreakers and other structured interactions to build a comfortable workshop community; promote interaction through features on webinar software, chat-aided question and answer, small-group synchronous interactions, and/or discussion boards; plan detailed schedules for workshop events; use asynchronous discussions and recordings of synchronous events given that participants are busy with their

  8. Future Critical Issues and Problems Facing Technology and Engineering Education in the Commonwealth of Virginia

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    Katsioloudis, Petros; Moye, Johnny J.

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this research was to determine the future critical issues and problems facing the K-12 technology and engineering education profession in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This study was based on the Wicklein nationwide studies (1993a, 2005). Even though this study did not exactly replicate the Wicklein studies--since it was limited to…

  9. Problems Teachers Face When Doing Action Research and Finding Possible Solutions: Three Cases

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    Zhou, Jun

    2012-01-01

    Through case studies, this paper explores problems teachers face when doing action research: for instance, teachers may misunderstand the research, mistrust university researchers, lack the time or adequate library resources to conduct research, lack theoretical guidance or knowledge of research methodology, and feel pressure or frustration during…

  10. The Problems Being Faced for Establishing Index Futures Transaction and the Contract Design

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    2003-01-01

    The article deeply and systematically probed into a series of problems being faced for establishing index futures transaction in China. Drawing on the successful experiences of other relative countries and according to Chinese real conditions, the author chooses Shanghai composite index as subject-matter, and has designed an index futures contract that accord with the situation of China.

  11. E-waste: Environmental Problems and Current Management

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    2010-01-01

    ..., are reviewed.Moreover, the current and the future production of e-waste, the potential environmental problems associated with theirdisposal and management practices are discussed whereas the existing e-waste...

  12. E-waste: Environmental Problems and Current Management

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    Full Text Available In this paper the environmental problems related with the discarded electronic appliances, known as e-waste, are reviewed.Moreover, the current and the future production of e-waste, the potential environmental problems associated with theirdisposal and management practices are discussed whereas the existing e-waste management schemes in Greece and othercountries (Japan, Switzerland are also quoted.

  13. TBM tunneling in mixed-face ground:Problems and solutions

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    Ma Hongsu; Yin Lijun; Gong Qiuming; Wang Ju

    2015-01-01

    Mixed-face ground encountered in Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) tunneling presents great challenges and may trigger potential hazards without warning. A detailed understanding of such unfavorable con-ditions is therefore critical to a successful bored tunnel. In this paper, we firstly present a brief review of the definition, classification and the factors related to mixed-face conditions. Secondly, for a better understanding of this topic, we investigate the main difficulties and problems involved in TBM tun-nelling under mixed-face ground with detailed cases. Thirdly, from the viewpoint of rock-machine interaction, we give some suggestions on the corresponding mitigation measurements from three cat-egories: (i) selection of TBM type and modification of TBM, (ii) condition of ground and (iii) optimiza-tion of TBM operation.

  14. Financial problems facing the manufacturers of small wind energy conversion systems. Final report

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    The financial barriers faced by the manufacturers of small wind energy conversion systems (SWECS) are assessed and found to be similar to those faced by other start up businesses. However, these problems are found to be aggravated by the high expectations for accelerated SWECS industry growth in the face of moderate government support and lack of investment capital. The underlying conditions of limited SWECS entrepreneur business experience, the highly competitive venture capital market, the inability of existing financial institutions to aid infant busineses and public unawareness of SWECS are reviewed. Specific manufacturer-oriented recommendations and federal, state and regulatory policy-oriented recommendations are made. In addition, the dynamics of the SWECS commercialization process are assessed and the variety of financial institutions playing a role in this process is detailed. Issues related to inflation, tax policy, regulation and federal R and D procurement policies are analyzed.

  15. Problems that Class Teachers Faced in the Classroom Related to Undesired Behaviors and Their Solutions

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    Barış ÇETİN

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    Full Text Available The aim this study is to determine the undesired behaviors of students that class teachers faced in the classroom and their solutions. The sample of the study consists of 37 class teachers working in the provinces of Gumushane, Canakkale, Erzurum, Istanbul, Tekirdag, Kocaeli, Kutahya, Bursa, Samsun, Eskisehir, and Mus in Turkey in the fall term of 2011-2012 academic year. As a result, the undesired behaviors of students that teachers faced in the classroom have been determined as not obeying the class rules, swearing, talking without permission, shyness, hyperactivity and lack of attention, and problems caused by watching violent TV programs (such as threatening. Solutions to these problems have been stated as: punishments and awards, warning, ignoring, behaving more sincerely towards students, including students by means of activities, guidance service, giving assignment, making students sit in front of the class, and playing games.

  16. Legal and institutional problems facing geothermal development in Oregon and Washington

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    The energy supply and demand picture of these two states is sketched. The perceived legal and institutional problems facing geothermal are shown against the backdrop of this broader, energy policy portrait. The following are discussed: the Bonneville Power Administration - regional power broker; other key institutional players; industrial users, public utilities, two state governments, and one regional commission; and a legal/institutional agenda for the Pacific Region team. (MHR)

  17. A study of fuzzy logic ensemble system performance on face recognition problem

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    Polyakova, A.; Lipinskiy, L.

    2017-02-01

    Some problems are difficult to solve by using a single intelligent information technology (IIT). The ensemble of the various data mining (DM) techniques is a set of models which are able to solve the problem by itself, but the combination of which allows increasing the efficiency of the system as a whole. Using the IIT ensembles can improve the reliability and efficiency of the final decision, since it emphasizes on the diversity of its components. The new method of the intellectual informational technology ensemble design is considered in this paper. It is based on the fuzzy logic and is designed to solve the classification and regression problems. The ensemble consists of several data mining algorithms: artificial neural network, support vector machine and decision trees. These algorithms and their ensemble have been tested by solving the face recognition problems. Principal components analysis (PCA) is used for feature selection.

  18. LDA Based Face Recognition by Using Hidden Markov Model in Current Trends

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    Full Text Available Hidden Markov model (HMM is a promising method that works well for images with variations in lighting, facial expression, and orientation. Face recognition draws attention as a complex task due to noticeable changes produced on appearance by illumination, facial expression, size, orientation and other external factors. To process images using HMM, the temporal or space sequences are to be considered. In simple terms HMM can be defined as set of finite states with associated probability distributions. Only the outcome is visible to the external user not the states and hence the name Hidden Markov Model. The paper deals with various techniques and methodologies used for resolving the problem .We discuss about appearance based, feature based, model based and hybrid methods for face identification. Conventional techniques such as Principal Component Analysis (PCA, Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA, Independent Component Analysis (ICA, and feature based Elastic Bunch Graph Matching (EBGM and 2D and 3D face models are well-known for face detection and recognition.

  19. Problem in the surgical correction of long-face with vertical open bite

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    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Long-face cases usually need both treatment of orthodontic and surgery. The problem appearing in the correction of long-face might be able to be related with some difficult factors such as the crowded teeth and excessive vertical height. A class III malocclusion and excessive open bite can be also followed in long face. This situation might worsen the facial aesthetic condition and increase the difficulty in orthodontic treatment. The orthodontic approach is oriented toward positioning the teeth pre-surgically to facilitate the surgical plan. The form of mandible which has grown in the downward direction in the area of mandible angle makes an extreme vertical open bite. The maxilla is usually presented with a maxillary hypolasia. Double-jaw surgery was done as the correction of the lower jaw alone would produce a flattened face appearance and difficulty in repositioning the mandible to achieve a good facial performance. Several cephalometric points were measured to observe the facial situation progress after surgery. Two cases of longface are reported, and the same surgical treatments were performed and showed different results.

  20. Teachers’ Perceptions of the Problems faced in the Teaching of History in Senior High Schools

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    Full Text Available History is an important school subject which conveys invaluable lessons from the past and whose worth transcends regional, national and cultural boundaries. Such a subject needs to be taught well in order to make learners gain deep appreciation of the relevance of their learning. However, effective teaching of history in Ghanaian schools has long been blighted by problems and challenges that have often gone unaddressed. With little empirical literature emerging from Ghana, this study, drawing on 32 history teachers from 18 senior high schools, examined history teachers’ perceptions of the problems faced in the teaching of history in the Cape Coast metropolis and Komenda, Edina, Eguafo, Abrim district in the Central Region of Ghana. The descriptive cross-sectional research design was used for the study and data were collected through questionnaires. The study found that overloaded syllabus, insufficient human and material resources, lack of support for the subject and large classes were the major problems facing the teaching of history. Based on the findings, the study concluded that the problems confronting the teaching of history in the two districts are administrative and pedagogical in nature. On this conclusion, it was recommended, among others, that syllabus content should be integrated to make it sync with the period given for its implementation. Also, the necessary resources should be provided to enhance the teaching of the subject.

  1. Psychosocial problems faced during absorption of Russian-speaking new immigrants into Israel: a systematic approach.

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    Rotenberg, V; Tobin, M; Krause, D; Lubovkov, I

    1996-01-01

    The problems faced by immigrants during the absorption process are multidimensional and require a systematic approach. According to the authors' theoretical perspective and clinical experience, two main principles determine the "facets" of absorption: search activity and self-esteem. The paper begins with a definition of search activity and its relationship to self-esteem and then discusses intrapsychic and environmental blocks to search activity and their effect on self-esteem. The paper concludes with a therapeutic approach toward restoration of search activity and self-esteem.

  2. Sleep medicine in Saudi Arabia: Current problems and future challenges

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    BaHammam Ahmed

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Sleep medicine is a relatively new specialty in the medical community. The practice of sleep medicine in Saudi Arabia (KSA began in the mid to late nineties. Since its inception, the specialty has grown, and the number of specialists has increased. Nevertheless, sleep medicine is still underdeveloped in the KSA, particularly in the areas of clinical service, education, training and research. Based on available data, it appears that sleep disorders are prevalent among Saudis, and the demand for sleep medicine service is expected to rise significantly in the near future. A number of obstacles have been defined that hinder the progress of the specialty, including a lack of trained technicians, specialists and funding. Awareness about sleep disorders and their serious consequences is low among health care workers, health care authorities, insurance companies and the general public. A major challenge for the future is penetrating the educational system at all levels to demonstrate the high prevalence and serious consequences of sleep disorders. To attain adequate numbers of staff and facilities, the education and training of health care professionals at the level of sleep medicine specialists and sleep technologists is another important challenge that faces the specialty. This review discusses the current position of sleep medicine as a specialty in the KSA and the expected challenges of the future. In addition, it will guide clinicians interested in setting up new sleep medicine services in the KSA or other developing countries through the potential obstacles that may face them in this endeavor.

  3. Sleep medicine in Saudi Arabia: Current problems and future challenges.

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    Bahammam, Ahmed S

    2011-01-01

    Sleep medicine is a relatively new specialty in the medical community. The practice of sleep medicine in Saudi Arabia (KSA) began in the mid to late nineties. Since its inception, the specialty has grown, and the number of specialists has increased. Nevertheless, sleep medicine is still underdeveloped in the KSA, particularly in the areas of clinical service, education, training and research. Based on available data, it appears that sleep disorders are prevalent among Saudis, and the demand for sleep medicine service is expected to rise significantly in the near future. A number of obstacles have been defined that hinder the progress of the specialty, including a lack of trained technicians, specialists and funding. Awareness about sleep disorders and their serious consequences is low among health care workers, health care authorities, insurance companies and the general public. A major challenge for the future is penetrating the educational system at all levels to demonstrate the high prevalence and serious consequences of sleep disorders. To attain adequate numbers of staff and facilities, the education and training of health care professionals at the level of sleep medicine specialists and sleep technologists is another important challenge that faces the specialty. This review discusses the current position of sleep medicine as a specialty in the KSA and the expected challenges of the future. In addition, it will guide clinicians interested in setting up new sleep medicine services in the KSA or other developing countries through the potential obstacles that may face them in this endeavor.

  4. Weighted piecewise LDA for solving the small sample size problem in face verification.

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    Kyperountas, Marios; Tefas, Anastasios; Pitas, Ioannis

    2007-03-01

    A novel algorithm that can be used to boost the performance of face-verification methods that utilize Fisher's criterion is presented and evaluated. The algorithm is applied to similarity, or matching error, data and provides a general solution for overcoming the "small sample size" (SSS) problem, where the lack of sufficient training samples causes improper estimation of a linear separation hyperplane between the classes. Two independent phases constitute the proposed method. Initially, a set of weighted piecewise discriminant hyperplanes are used in order to provide a more accurate discriminant decision than the one produced by the traditional linear discriminant analysis (LDA) methodology. The expected classification ability of this method is investigated throughout a series of simulations. The second phase defines proper combinations for person-specific similarity scores and describes an outlier removal process that further enhances the classification ability. The proposed technique has been tested on the M2VTS and XM2VTS frontal face databases. Experimental results indicate that the proposed framework greatly improves the face-verification performance.

  5. Local Hubble Expansion: Current State of the Problem

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    We present a brief qualitative overview of the current state of the problem of Hubble expansion at the sufficiently small scales (e.g., in planetary systems or local intergalactic volume). The crucial drawbacks of the available theoretical treatments are emphasized, and the possible ways to avoid them are outlined. Attention is drawn to a number of observable astronomical phenomena that could be naturally explained by the local Hubble expansion.

  6. Current approaches and problems in social crime prevention

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    2011-01-01

    In this paper the topic of consideration focuses on current methods and forms of implementation social crime prevention, as well as problems that often arise in practice during its implementation. This is one of the most important areas in crime prevention, which is also known as crime prevention through social development, and often includes legal activities of state and non-state actors aimed at preventing delinquency of children and minors through the weakening and, if possible, eliminatin...

  7. Tough decisions faced by people living with HIV: a literature review of psychosocial problems.

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    Bravo, Paulina; Edwards, Adrian; Rollnick, Stephen; Elwyn, Glyn

    2010-01-01

    People living with HIV have faced a new situation since the arrival of the antiretroviral treatments. HIV has become a long-term condition, which not only affects physical health, but also causes psychological and social problems because of stigma and discrimination. These challenges present many decisions and dilemmas for people living with HIV, which involve complex emotional and psychological issues. The aim of this study was to examine the psychosocial decision needs of people living with HIV. To undertake the literature review, a search strategy was designed. Sources included databases (Web of Science, Scopus, ProQuest, and PubMed) as well as electronic journals (AIDS and Behavior, AIDS Care, and Social Science and Medicine). The following search terms were used: (HIV) AND (decision making; OR decision need; OR decision) AND (psychosocial; OR psychological; OR social). All languages were included, using articles from 1990 to 2009. The search was conducted from September 2008 to November 2009, and identified 123 articles. After analysis, 46 articles were included for detailed assessment. The results show that people living with HIV face three key decisions: (i) whether or not to disclose their diagnosis to others; (ii) decisions about adherence to treatments; and (iii) decisions about sexual activity and desires about parenthood. Problems associated with these decisions often result in isolation and mental illness such as depression and anxiety, lack of access to social support, and refusal to seek treatment. Despite the importance of HIV and its public health impact, few studies have considered the psychosocial needs of people living with HIV, but the results demonstrated the burden as a consequence of those needs and that greater support would be of benefit to face them in an effective way. Therefore, the results of this review highlight the requirement to develop interventions to support the psychosocial needs of people living with HIV, to accurately reflect

  8. Major Problems Facing Educational Planning in the Next Decade. The Fundamentals of Educational Planning: Lecture-Discussion Series No. 13.

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    Coombs, Philip H.

    Educational planners will face ten central problems in the next decade. First, there will be a rising demand for education, spurred by continued rapid population growth. Second, educational development will face increasing financial constraints in many countries. Third, educational systems will have to respond to serious shortages of specialized…

  9. RESEARCH ON PROBLEMS WITH PROJECTS AND PARTNERSHIPS THAT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS IN THE CENTRE REGION FACED IN ACCESSING EUROPEAN FUNDS

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    Full Text Available European project management is the main filed of the article. Assuming a connection between the degree of absorption of European funds and the degree of maturity of the Romanian society in terms of project management, the article seeks to identify the negative factors on accessing and carrying out European projects. The identified problem is a low degree of absorption of European funds in Romania, and the main objective of the research is to identify the problems faced by the public institutions in the Centre Region in accessing European funds and also the causes that led to the low absorption of European funds. This article’s research is based on a preliminary analysis performed by the authors on the rate of accessing of European funds published in the article called “The current state of European funds absorption through funding programmes – measure of the Romanian performances in the project management practice”. The conclusion of this article was a low rate of absorption of European funds in Romania, a fact that reveals a poor practice of the theory on project management. This article identifies part of the causes of this situation by identifying a part of the problems that stood in the way of beneficiaries of European funds The qualitative and quantitative research methods are used in combination in the research. The investigation has however a highly quantitative character, the purpose of the qualitative research being to provide the prerequisites for achieving the quantitative research. The interview-based qualitative research enabled the researcher to get acquainted with the subjects’ problems related to the theme of investigation, the causes that have generated these problems. This preliminary investigation to the questionnaire-based research aims to provide information that would help the researcher prepare the questionnaire, so that the questions allow getting the most comprehensive information to

  10. Current Warm-Up Practices and Contemporary Issues Faced by Elite Swimming Coaches.

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    McGowan, Courtney J; Pyne, David B; Raglin, John S; Thompson, Kevin G; Rattray, Ben

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    McGowan, CJ, Pyne, DB, Raglin, JS, Thompson, KG, and Rattray, B. Current warm-up practices and contemporary issues faced by elite swimming coaches. J Strength Cond Res 30(12): 3471-3480, 2016-A better understanding of current swimming warm-up strategies is needed to improve their effectiveness. The purpose of this study was to describe current precompetition warm-up practices and identify contemporary issues faced by elite swimming coaches during competition. Forty-six state-international level swimming coaches provided information through a questionnaire on their prescription of volume, intensity, and recovery within their pool and dryland-based competition warm-ups, and challenges faced during the final stages of event preparation. Coaches identified four key objectives of the precompetition warm-up: physiological (elevate body temperature and increase muscle activation), kinesthetic (tactile preparation, increase "feel" of the water), tactical (race-pace rehearsal), and mental (improve focus, reduce anxiety). Pool warm-up volume ranged from ∼1300 to 2100 m, beginning with 400-1000 m of continuous, low-intensity (∼50-70% of perceived maximal exertion) swimming, followed by 200-600 m of stroke drills and 1-2 sets (100-400 m in length) of increasing intensity (∼60-90%) swimming, concluding with 3-4 race or near race-pace efforts (25-100 m; ∼90-100%) and 100-400 m easy swimming. Dryland-based warm-up exercises, involving stretch cords and skipping, were also commonly prescribed. Coaches preferred swimmers complete their warm-up 20-30 minutes before race start. Lengthy marshalling periods (15-20+ minutes) and the time required to don racing suits (>10 minutes) were identified as complicating issues. Coaches believed that the pool warm-up affords athletes the opportunity to gain a tactile feel for the water and surrounding pool environment. The combination of dryland-based activation exercises followed by pool-based warm-up routines seems to be the preferred

  11. Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy-current achievements and unsolved problems

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    Kondrackiene, Jurate; Kupcinskas, Limas

    2008-01-01

    Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is the most common pregnancy-related liver disorder. Maternal effects of ICP are mild; however, there is a clear association between ICP and higher frequency of fetal distress, preterm delivery, and sudden intrauterine fetal death. The cause of ICP remains elusive, but there is evidence that mutations in genes encoding hepatobiliary transport proteins can predispose for the development of ICP. Recent data suggest that ursodeoxycholic acid is currently the most effective pharmacologic treatment, whereas obstetric management is still debated. Clinical trials are required to identify the most suitable monitoring modalities that can specifically predict poor perinatal outcome. This article aims to review current achievements and unsolved problems of ICP. PMID:18855975

  12. Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy-current achievements and unsolved problems

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    Jurate Kondrackiene; Limes Kupcinskas

    2008-01-01

    Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is the most common pregnancy-related liver disorder. Maternal effects of ICP are mild; however, there is a clear association between ICP and higher frequency of fetal distress, preterm delivery, and sudden intrauterine fetal death. The cause of ICP remains elusive, but there is evidence that mutations in genes encoding hepatobiliary transport proteins can predispose for the development of ICP. Recent data suggest that ursodeoxycholic acid is currently the most effective pharmacologic treatment, whereas obstetric management is still debated. Clinical trials are required to identify the most suitable monitoring modalities that can specifically predict poor perinatal outcome. This article aims to review current achievements and unsolved problems of ICP.

  13. An examination of the problems faced by the physical education teachers in the profession according to the some variables

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    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to determine the problems faced by the physical education teachers according to certain variables, such as problems with school administration, problems with school and physical conditions, problems encountered in terms of their education and problems with students and parents and to identify the issues that cause stress.The study group is consisted of 178 physical education teachers in the province of Balıkesir. The study data were obtained through a questionnaire. Α reliability coefficient of the questionnaire was found to be .87. The analysis included descriptive statistics, independent sample t-test and One Way Analysis of Variance.As a result, a significant relationship was found between marital status and the problems encountered with the education they receive (t=2.25,P =0.03<0.05. Looking at the means, the married physical education teachers experience more problems in the work than unmarried physical education teachers do (XE=4:48>XB=4.22. A significant association was found between the problems that cause stress and marital status (t =2.00,P =0.05=0.05. Significant relationships were found between teachers tenure and 1 problems faced with school management, 2 school related problems and physical conditions, 3 school management, 4 physical conditions, 5 student, student families and problems that cause stress. "21 and more years " worked physical education teachers face more problems

  14. FCL: A solution to fault current problems in DC networks

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    Cointe, Y.; Tixador, P.; Villard, C.

    2008-02-01

    Within the context of the electric power market liberalization, DC networks have many interests compared to AC ones. New energy landscapes open the way of a diversified production. Innovative interconnection diagrams, in particular using DC buses, are under development. In this case it is not possible to defer the fault current interruption in the AC side. DC fault current cutting remains a difficult problem. FCLs (Fault Current Limiters) enable to limit the current to a preset value, lower than the theoretical short-circuit current. For this application Coated Conductors (CC) offer an excellent opportunity. Due to these promising characteristics we build a test bench and work on the implementation of these materials. The test bench is composed by 10 power amplifiers, to reach 4 kVA in many configurations of current and voltage. We carried out limiting experiments on DyBaCuO CC from EHTS, samples are about five centimeters long and many potential measuring points are pasted on the shunt to estimate the quench homogeneity. Thermal phenomena in FCLs are essential, numerical models are important to calculate the maximum temperatures. To validate these models we measure the CC temperature by depositing thermal sensors (Cu resistance) above the shunt layer and the substrate. An electrical insulation with a low thermal resistivity between the CC and the sensors is necessary. We use a thin layer of Parylene because of its good mechanical and electrical insulation properties at low temperature. The better quench behaviour of CC for temperatures close to the critical temperature has been confirmed. The measurements are in good agreement with simulations, this validates the thermal models.

  15. An examination of the problems faced by the physical education teachers in the profession according to the some variables

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    Murat Özmaden

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    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to determine the problems faced by the physical education teachers according to certain variables, such as problems with school administration, problems with school and physical conditions, problems encountered in terms of their education and problems with students and parents and to identify the issues that cause stress.The study group is consisted of 178 physical education teachers in the province of Balıkesir. The study data were obtained through a questionnaire. Α reliability coefficient of the questionnaire was found to be .87. The analysis included descriptive statistics, independent sample t-test and One Way Analysis of Variance. As a result, a significant relationship was found between marital status and the problems encountered with the education they receive (t=2.25,P =0.03XB=4.22. A significant association was found between the problems that cause stress and marital status (t =2.00,P =0.05=0.05. Significant relationships were found between teachers tenure and 1 problems faced with school management, 2 school related problems and physical conditions, 3 school management, 4 physical conditions, 5 student, student families and problems that cause stress. "21 and more years " worked physical education teachers face more problems.

  16. What language is your doctor speaking? Facing the problems of translating medical documents into English

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    Mićović Dragoslava

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    Full Text Available What is translation - a craft, an art, a profession or a job? Although one of the oldest human activities, translation has not still been fully defined, and it is still young in terms of an academic discipline. The paper defines the difference between translation and interpreting and then attempts to find the answer to the question what characteristics, knowledge and skills a translator must have, particularly the one involved in court translation, and where his/her place in the communication process (both written and oral communication is. When translating medical documentation, a translator is set within a medical language environment as an intermediary between two doctors (in other words, two professionals in the process of communication which would be impossible without him, since it is conducted in two different languages. The paper also gives an insight into types of medical documentation and who they are intended for. It gives practical examples of the problems faced in the course of translation of certain types of medical documentation (hospital discharge papers, diagnoses, case reports,.... Is it possible to make this kind of communication between professionals (doctors standardized, which would subsequently make their translation easier? Although great efforts are made in Serbia regarding medical language and medical terminology, the conclusion is that specific problems encountered by translators can hardly be overcome using only dictionaries and translation manuals.

  17. [What language is your doctor speaking? Facing the problems of translating medical documents into English].

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    Mićović, Dragoslava

    2013-01-01

    What is translation--a craft, an art, a profession or a job? Although one of the oldest human activities, translation has not still been fully defined, and it is still young in terms of an academic discipline. The paper defines the difference between translation and interpreting and then attempts to find the answer to the question what characteristics, knowledge and skills a translator must have, particularly the one involved in court translation, and where his/her place in the communication process (both written and oral communication) is. When translating medical documentation, a translator is set within a medical language environment as an intermediary between two doctors (in other words, two professionals) in the process of communication which would be impossible without him, since it is conducted in two different languages. The paper also gives an insight into types of medical documentation and who they are intended for. It gives practical examples of the problems faced in the course of translation of certain types of medical documentation (hospital discharge papers, diagnoses, case reports,...). Is it possible to make this kind of communication between professionals (doctors) standardized, which would subsequently make their translation easier? Although great efforts are made in Serbia regarding medical language and medical terminology, the conclusion is that specific problems encountered by translators can hardly be overcome using only dictionaries and translation manuals.

  18. Low-Income Children, Adolescents, and Caregivers Facing Respiratory Problems: Support Needs and Preferences.

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    Stewart, Miriam; Evans, Joshua; Letourneau, Nicole; Masuda, Jeffrey; Almond, Amanda; Edey, Jocelyn

    2016-01-01

    Burdens of poverty are often compounded by respiratory problems. This study aimed to identify the support needs and intervention preferences for low-income families facing this challenge. Interviews were conducted in two Canadian provinces with low-income children/adolescents (n=32) diagnosed with respiratory health problems and their parents or family caregiver (n=37). These vulnerable children and parents described non-supportive interactions with some health service providers and inadequate information. They reported isolation and support deficits, exacerbated by limited resources and health restrictions. Children/adolescents felt isolated and excluded and wanted to connect with peers. Group or dyadic level support, delivered by peers and health professionals, was desired. The importance of logistics to enhance accessibility and appeal of group or dyadic support interventions was clearly identified. The findings of this study reveal that low-income children and their families encounter challenges to accessing support and to utilizing support resources. Partnerships with low-income children/adolescents and family caregivers in provision of education and social support can combat isolation and ignorance. Reducing inequities for this high risk population could be achieved by providing support from experienced peers, in combination with health professional guidance, and knowledge about pulmonary health. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  19. Occupational Risk Factors and Health Problems Faced by Nurses that Working Dialysis Unit and Nephrology Service

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    Full Text Available AIM: This study is carried out descriptively with the aim of determining occupational risks the nurses working in dialysis units and nephrology services. METHOD: 47 nurses working in dialysis and nephrology units of the hospitals in Erzurum were included in the study content. In the collection of the data, questionnaire form prepared in the light of literature and including the preventions taken by nurses themselves or their organizations against the professional risks they faced, or personal problems the nurses experienced, professional risk or professional-personal features was used. RESULTS: In the result of the study, it was detected that 48.9% of the nurses was at 28-32 age group, and that 38.3% of the nurses graduated from nursing higher school, and that 72.3% of the nurses worked in dialysis unit. It was found out that while practicing their professions, the nurses expressed that infection risk (97.9%, stress (83%, verbal abuse (80.9%, psychiatric trauma (66%, allergic substance (63.8%, the noise (36.2%, and physical abuse (23.4% were the risk factors they raced in working medium .In the health problem seen in the nurses, in the first row is lumbago. CONCLUSION: In the result of the study, it was found out that while practicing their professions, the nurses expressed that infection risk was the highest rate among the risk factors they raced in working medium and, in the health problem seen in the nurses, in the first row is lumbago and that the nurses and organizations’ attempts which will reduce the risks were not sufficient. [TAF Prev Med Bull 2009; 8(4.000: 339-344

  20. The determination of the mixing height. Current progress and problems

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    Gryning, S.E.; Beyrich, F.; Batchvarova, E. [eds.

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    This report contains extended abstracts of presentations given at a EURASAP Workshop on The Determination of the Mixing Height - Current Progress and Problems. The Workshop, initiated from discussions with Peter Builtjes, was held at Risoe National Laboratory 1-3 October 1997 within the framework of EURASAP (European Association for the Sciences of Air Pollution). The specific topics and chairpersons of the Workshop were: Theoretical Considerations (Sven-Erik Gryning), Mixing Height Estimation from Turbulence Measurements and In-Situ Soundings (Douw Steyn), Mixing Height Determination from NWP-Models (Han van Dop), Climatology and Global Aspects (Werner Klug), Mixing Height Determination from Remote Systems (Werner Klug), Verification of Mixing Height Parameterizations and Models (Frank Beyrich), Mixing Height over Complex Terrain (Ekaterina Batchvarova), Internal Boundary Layers: Mixing Height in Coastal Areas and Over Cities (Allen White). The discussion at the end of the Workshop was chaired by Robert Bornstein. (au)

  1. International Workshop on Current Problems in Condensed Matter

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    This volume contains the papers presented at the International Workshop on the Cur­ rent Problems in Condensed Matter: Theory and Experiment, held at Cocoyoc, More­ los, Mexico, during January 5-9, 1997. The participants had come from Argentina, Austria, Chile, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, and the USA. The presentations at the Workshop provided state-of-art reviews of many of the most important problems, currently under study, in condensed matter. Equally important to all the participants in the workshop was the fact that we had come to honor a friend, Karl Heinz Bennemann, on his sixty-fifth birthday. This Festschrift is just a small measure of recognition of the intellectualleadership of Professor Bennemann in the field and equally important, as a sincere tribute to his qualities as an exceptional friend, college and mentor. Those who have had the privilege to work closely with Karl have been deeply touched by Karl's inquisitive scientific mind as well as by bis k...

  2. Inverse problem of pulsed eddy current field of ferromagnetic plates

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    Chen, Xing-Le; Lei, Yin-Zhao

    2015-03-01

    To determine the wall thickness, conductivity and permeability of a ferromagnetic plate, an inverse problem is established with measured values and calculated values of time-domain induced voltage in pulsed eddy current testing on the plate. From time-domain analytical expressions of the partial derivatives of induced voltage with respect to parameters, it is deduced that the partial derivatives are approximately linearly dependent. Then the constraints of these parameters are obtained by solving a partial linear differential equation. It is indicated that only the product of conductivity and wall thickness, and the product of relative permeability and wall thickness can be determined accurately through the inverse problem with time-domain induced voltage. In the practical testing, supposing the conductivity of the ferromagnetic plate under test is a fixed value, and then the relative variation of wall thickness between two testing points can be calculated via the ratio of the corresponding inversion results of the product of conductivity and wall thickness. Finally, this method for wall thickness measurement is verified by the experiment results of a carbon steel plate. Project supported by the National Defense Basic Technology Research Program of China (Grant No. Z132013T001).

  3. Conversion disorder: current problems and potential solutions for DSM-5.

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    Stone, Jon; LaFrance, W Curt; Brown, Richard; Spiegel, David; Levenson, James L; Sharpe, Michael

    2011-12-01

    Conversion disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) describes neurological symptoms, including weakness, numbness and events resembling epilepsy or syncope, which can be positively identified as not being due to recognised neurological disease. This review combines perspectives from psychiatry, psychology and neurology to identify and discuss key problems with the current diagnostic DSM-IV criteria for conversion disorder and to make the following proposals for DSM-5: (a) abandoning the label "conversion disorder" and replacing it with an alternative term that is both theoretically neutral and potentially more acceptable to patients and practitioners; (b) relegating the requirements for "association of psychological factors" and the "exclusion of feigning" to the accompanying text; (c) adding a criterion requiring clinical findings of internal inconsistency or incongruity with recognised neurological or medical disease and altering the current 'disease exclusion' criteria to one in which the symptom must not be 'better explained' by a disease if present, (d) adding a 'cognitive symptoms' subtype. We also discuss whether conversion symptoms are better classified with other somatic symptom disorders or with dissociative disorders and how we might address the potential heterogeneity of conversion symptoms in classification. 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Problems Faced by Complete Denture-Wearing Elderly People Living in Jammu District

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    Sharma, Sumeet; Singh, Sarbjeet; Wazir, Nikhil; Raina, Rajiv

    2014-01-01

    Context: Poor oral health is increasing dramatically among old people especially those living in rural and remote areas. Various factors such as low education background, low income, poor living conditions, unhealthy lifestyle, inadequate oral hygiene and tobacco use lead to poor oral health among older people which in turn lead to risks to their general health. The older people especially from rural areas are apprehensive about seeing a dentist and do not visit them regularly. This may lead to various problems which may have a detrimental influence on their quality of life. Aim: To know the problems faced by complete denture wearers in rural areas in Jammu district. Materials and Methods: Fifty patients from rural area Bishna, initially treated with a complete denture in the maxilla or mandibles were examined. The data were collected with the help of a questionnaire. Results: The results revealed that majority of respondents were in the age – group of 65-70 y. Majority of respondents complained of "difficulty chewing", "sore spots”, “painful and swollen gums". Majority of respondents had difficulty in speech, it was difficult for them to interact and communicate with their dentures on. Most of the respondents had lost confidence and had low self esteem. Clinical observations revealed that the commonest condition associated with denture wearing was Oral Stomatitis/ Burning mouth Syndrome, Superimposed infection and Angular cheilitis. Conclusion: Older people should Communicate and visit dentists, regularly, so that the dentists can adjust the treatment and pace according to their needs. Behavioural therapy techniques can make dental visits relatively anxiety and pain-free. PMID:25654025

  5. Facing the phase problem in Coherent Diffractive Imaging via Memetic Algorithms

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    Colombo, Alessandro; Galli, Davide Emilio; de Caro, Liberato; Scattarella, Francesco; Carlino, Elvio

    2017-02-01

    Coherent Diffractive Imaging is a lensless technique that allows imaging of matter at a spatial resolution not limited by lens aberrations. This technique exploits the measured diffraction pattern of a coherent beam scattered by periodic and non–periodic objects to retrieve spatial information. The diffracted intensity, for weak–scattering objects, is proportional to the modulus of the Fourier Transform of the object scattering function. Any phase information, needed to retrieve its scattering function, has to be retrieved by means of suitable algorithms. Here we present a new approach, based on a memetic algorithm, i.e. a hybrid genetic algorithm, to face the phase problem, which exploits the synergy of deterministic and stochastic optimization methods. The new approach has been tested on simulated data and applied to the phasing of transmission electron microscopy coherent electron diffraction data of a SrTiO3 sample. We have been able to quantitatively retrieve the projected atomic potential, and also image the oxygen columns, which are not directly visible in the relevant high-resolution transmission electron microscopy images. Our approach proves to be a new powerful tool for the study of matter at atomic resolution and opens new perspectives in those applications in which effective phase retrieval is necessary.

  6. SCHOOLS AND CYBERBULLYING: PROBLEM PERCEPTION, CURRENT ACTIONS AND FUTURE NEEDS

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    Heidi Vandebosch

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Cyberbullying is a common phenomenon amongst young people. It exhibits many similarities to traditional school bullying, with a potentially serious impact on the mental health and school functioning of victims. For this reason, action by schools is often recommended. The aim of this article is to provide a better picture of what schools are currently doing to address cyberbullying and of what schools will need to continue doing so in the future. An online survey was conducted among staff members of 309 primary and secondary schools in Flanders, which is the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. The questionnaire measured the schools’ experiences with cyberbullying and their perceived responsibility and efficacy in dealing with this issue as well as their concrete preventive, detective, and reactive actions. The results indicate that, although most schools are aware of relatively few cases of cyberbullying, they do consider cyberbullying to be a problem. Many schools consider it their duty to inform students about cyberbullying and to help find solutions to cyberbullying incidents involving students, even if they take place away from the school grounds or outside school hours. Although most schools organize concrete actions with regard to cyberbullying, they often seem uncertain about the appropriateness and effectiveness of their actions. They would welcome evidence-based intervention programmes that would appeal to their students.

  7. Electronic money in russia: current state and problems of development

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    T. G. Bondarenko

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    Full Text Available Article is devoted to urgent problems of non-cash methods of calculation development by using electronic money – as one of the modern economically developed state strategic tasks. On modern economic science strong influence appears informatization process. The control expansion tendency, influence and distribution of commerce due to informatization of society led to emergence of the new phenomenon – information economy. Information economy brought new economic events which owing to their novelty are insufficiently studied to life. It is possible to carry electronic money to such phenomena of modern network economy Relevance and, in our opinion, timeliness of this scientific work, consisting in novelty of this non-cash payment method, its prospects and innovation within non-cash methods of calculations. Authors set as the purpose – studying of problems and the prospects of development of electronic money in the Russian Federation. In article theoretical bases of electronic money functioning are described. Determinations and classifications dismissed non-cash a method, and also the principles of electronic money functioning are considered, the questions of their historical development are raised.Authors analyzed statistical data on development of electronic services and channels of their using. Features, benefits and shortcomings of the current state of the market of electronic money are studied. The emphasis on that fact that in modern conditions considerable number of economic actors perform the activities, both in the real environment of economy, and within the virtual environment that promotes expansion of methods of their customer interaction by means of technical devices of personal computers, mobile phones is placed. In article common problems and tendencies of payments with using an electronic money are designated, the research on assessment of the current state and the prospects of electronic money

  8. [The current problems and cross-cultural perspectives of patient-doctor relation: an overview].

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    Koch, Eckhardt; Turgut, Tolga

    2004-01-01

    The success of the treatment in medicine, especially in psychiatry is based on the form and the strength of the patient-doctor relation. This complex and dynamic relation is changing in accordance with the social and technological development of the society. The context of the patient-doctor relation is determined by the present day culture as well as the traditional background. An overview of current patient-doctor relation and of problems that physicians and in particular psychiatrists meet is presented. Physicians have responsibilities in building patient-doctor relation. The ethical and legal aspects of these responsibilities are presented. The former paternalistic type of patient-doctor relation is evolving into a more equal and democratic relation. New problems are being encountered continuously in the changing process. Beside the of the process itself, the effects of progress in medical technology and communication systems on patient-doctor relation and the pressure, put from the insurance companies and/or authorities on physicians, which impair the trust between the physician and his patient, are making the process more difficult. The issues of compliance, sexual harassment and unique problems of patient-doctor relations in psychiatry are the other subtopics in the article. The cross-cultural aspects of patient-doctor relations and encountered clinical problems are discussed with case examples particularly about Turkish immigrants, who live in Germany. Suggestions for psychiatrists in Germany to work out the challenges facing them are presented in the conclusion.

  9. An Official American Thoracic Society Research Statement: Current Challenges Facing Research and Therapeutic Advances in Airway Remodeling.

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    Prakash, Y S; Halayko, Andrew J; Gosens, Reinoud; Panettieri, Reynold A; Camoretti-Mercado, Blanca; Penn, Raymond B

    2017-01-15

    Airway remodeling (AR) is a prominent feature of asthma and other obstructive lung diseases that is minimally affected by current treatments. The goals of this Official American Thoracic Society (ATS) Research Statement are to discuss the scientific, technological, economic, and regulatory issues that deter progress of AR research and development of therapeutics targeting AR and to propose approaches and solutions to these specific problems. This Statement is not intended to provide clinical practice recommendations on any disease in which AR is observed and/or plays a role. An international multidisciplinary group from within academia, industry, and the National Institutes of Health, with expertise in multimodal approaches to the study of airway structure and function, pulmonary research and clinical practice in obstructive lung disease, and drug discovery platforms was invited to participate in one internet-based and one face-to-face meeting to address the above-stated goals. Although the majority of the analysis related to AR was in asthma, AR in other diseases was also discussed and considered in the recommendations. A literature search of PubMed was performed to support conclusions. The search was not a systematic review of the evidence. Multiple conceptual, logistical, economic, and regulatory deterrents were identified that limit the performance of AR research and impede accelerated, intensive development of AR-focused therapeutics. Complementary solutions that leverage expertise of academia and industry were proposed to address them. To date, numerous factors related to the intrinsic difficulty in performing AR research, and economic forces that are disincentives for the pursuit of AR treatments, have thwarted the ability to understand AR pathology and mechanisms and to address it clinically. This ATS Research Statement identifies potential solutions for each of these factors and emphasizes the importance of educating the global research community as to the

  10. Advanced Curation: Solving Current and Future Sample Return Problems

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    Fries, M.; Calaway, M.; Evans, C.; McCubbin, F.

    2015-01-01

    Advanced Curation is a wide-ranging and comprehensive research and development effort at NASA Johnson Space Center that identifies and remediates sample related issues. For current collections, Advanced Curation investigates new cleaning, verification, and analytical techniques to assess their suitability for improving curation processes. Specific needs are also assessed for future sample return missions. For each need, a written plan is drawn up to achieve the requirement. The plan draws while upon current Curation practices, input from Curators, the analytical expertise of the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) team, and suitable standards maintained by ISO, IEST, NIST and other institutions. Additionally, new technologies are adopted on the bases of need and availability. Implementation plans are tested using customized trial programs with statistically robust courses of measurement, and are iterated if necessary until an implementable protocol is established. Upcoming and potential NASA missions such as OSIRIS-REx, the Asteroid Retrieval Mission (ARM), sample return missions in the New Frontiers program, and Mars sample return (MSR) all feature new difficulties and specialized sample handling requirements. The Mars 2020 mission in particular poses a suite of challenges since the mission will cache martian samples for possible return to Earth. In anticipation of future MSR, the following problems are among those under investigation: What is the most efficient means to achieve the less than 1.0 ng/sq cm total organic carbon (TOC) cleanliness required for all sample handling hardware? How do we maintain and verify cleanliness at this level? The Mars 2020 Organic Contamination Panel (OCP) predicts that organic carbon, if present, will be present at the "one to tens" of ppb level in martian near-surface samples. The same samples will likely contain wt% perchlorate salts, or approximately 1,000,000x as much perchlorate oxidizer as organic carbon

  11. Geology and religion - historical perspective and current problems

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    2010-05-01

    Today, when referring to the relationship between geology and religion, people usually at once think of Christian (and other) fundamentalists and their chronic palaeontological illiteracy leading to Creationism, to Intelligent Design, and a distrust of science in general among them most prominently geology, palaeontology and evolutionary biology. Thus the relationship of geology and religion is usually considered to be under strain. In former times things used to be quite different, and for most of human history the observation of geological phenomena and the acquisition of geological expertise was intimately connected with religious ideas. The Judeo-Christian sense of a finite Earth history prepared the ground for accepting the Earth's different strata as testimony to the development of our globe through time. It was this religious, theological framework, from which the early geology started to evolve. However, with increasing observations there was a growing mismatch between what was expected according to ancient, scriptural authorities and the actual data. The release of geology from religious connotations or associations was a development closely connected with the Enlightenment, when geology and religion started to drift apart not with a violent rupture but in a subtle and sometimes circuitous manner. However, outside the group of people with geological expertise, not all was smooth and peaceful, and some conservative clergymen as well as laypersons were rather shocked by the new ideas that came with geology: the immensity of the timescale, a dynamic Earth, not just a ruin shaped by the Deluge, and a dynamic biology too with the Darwinian theory of evolution, which was founded in part on palaeontological evidence and the assumption of a long geological time scale. Nevertheless and interestingly the Creationism we face today is a rather recent phenomenon influenced by a number of motives, most of them philosophical and theological in nature. And so, the current

  12. Domestic Violence – a Current Problem of Romanian Society

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The effects of domestic violence phenomenon and its severity were recently acknowledged worldwide, most European Union countries faced with significant increase in cases of domestic violence. Due to the inefficient public social services in combating and preventing domestic violence, services like this are taken mostly by civil society. However, help victims of domestic violence, there are several protection services, and a range of social services targeting the aggressors.

  13. Feature- and Face-Exchange illusions: New insights and applications for the study of the binding problem

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The binding problem is a longstanding issue in vision science: i.e., how are humans able to maintain a relatively stable representation of objects and features even though the visual system processes many aspects of the world separately and in parallel? We previously investigated this issue with a variant of the bounce-pass paradigm, which consists of two rectangular bars moving in opposite directions; if the bars are identical and never overlap, the motion could equally be interpreted as bouncing or passing. Although bars of different colors should be seen as passing each other (since the colors provide more information about the bars’ paths, we found Feature Exchange: observers reported the paradoxical perception that the bars appear to bounce off of each other and exchange colors. Here we extend our previous findings with three demonstrations. Peripheral Feature-Exchange consists of two colored bars that physically bounce (they continually meet in the middle of the monitor and return to the sides. When viewed in the periphery, the bars appear to stream past each other even though this percept relies on the exchange of features and contradicts the information provided by the color of the bars. In Face-Exchange two different faces physically pass each other. When fixating centrally, observers typically report the perception of bouncing faces that swap features, indicating that the Feature Exchange effect can occur even with complex objects. In Face-Go-Round, one face repeatedly moves from left to right on the top of the monitor, and the other from right to left at the bottom of the monitor. Observers typically perceive the faces moving in a circle--a percept that contradicts information provided by the identity of the faces. We suggest that Feature Exchange and the paradigms used to elicit it can be useful for the investigation of the binding problem as well as other contemporary issues of interest to vision science.

  14. 直面问题 回归本源%FACING THE PROBLEM, FINDING ITS ORIGIN

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    何流

    2011-01-01

    当前中国正在经历一个经济社会体制的巨大转型过程,这样的一个大变革时代赋予了规划越来越多元化的功能.然而,面临着“全球化”、“市场化”、“分权化”、“城市化”、“工业化”和“信息化”等外部冲击,城市发展的经济体制、社会关系、政治结构、空间格局等各方面都正发生着剧烈的变动与重组,城市规划也面临着前所未有的挑战,其传统的作用机制受到了极大的影响.本文在解析当前城市规划实际工作中面临问题、困惑及其根本原因的基础上,适应现实的发展需求,重新认识和定位城市规划的职能角色,并探讨了中国城市规划未来的发展态势与变革方向.%At present, China sees a huge transformation process of socio-economic system, which endows planning with more diversified functions. However, challenged by globalization, marketlization, decentralization, urbanization, industrialization, informationization, etc., urban development is changed and reorganized greatly, in terms of economic system, social relationship, political structure, spatial layout, etc. Urban planning also faces unprecedented challenges, and its traditional functional mechanism has been enormously affected. Based on the analysis on the problems, confusions, as well as their root causes in the actual planning work, the paper rediscovers the functional role of urban planning in line with the existing demands, and discusses the development trend and reform orientation of planning's future in China.

  15. Current challenges facing the determination of product bioequivalence in veterinary medicine.

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    Martinez, M N; Hunter, R P

    2010-10-01

    Despite the pharmacological and statistical advances that have occurred since the early days of bioequivalence assessments, there remain many unresolved issues associated with the bioequivalence evaluation of human and veterinary pharmaceuticals. While many of these issues are common to both human and veterinary medicine, there are also challenges specific to veterinary drug products. Examples of complex problems that remain to be resolved include the assessment of drugs associated with complex kinetics (e.g., sustained release formulations that produce multiple peaks), the evaluation of intramammary formulations, uncertainty associated with conditions under which specific enantiomers of metabolites need to be factored into the bioequivalence evaluation, the study design for products and active pharmaceutical ingredients that exhibit highly variable kinetics, equivalence of biomass products, methods for evaluating topical formulations or formulations with very long duration of release, the evaluation of products where destructive sampling is necessary (e.g., aquaculture products), and the evaluation of bioequivalence for Type A medicated articles. This manuscript highlights many of the unresolved challenges currently impacting the evaluation of product bioequivalence in veterinary medicine, and provides a summary of the associated scientific complexities with each of these issues. © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  16. An assessment of the current and potential future natural and anthropogenic issues facing migratory shorebirds

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    Sutherland, W.J.; Alves, J.A.; Chang, C.H.; Davidson, D.C.; Finlayson, C.M.; Gill, J.A.; Gill, R.E.; González, P.M.; Gunnarsson, T.G.; Kleijn, D.; Spray, C.J.; Szekely, T.; Thompson, D.B.A.

    2012-01-01

    We review the conservation issues facing migratory shorebird populations that breed in temperate regions and use wetlands in the non-breeding season. Shorebirds are excellent model organisms for understanding ecological, behavioural and evolutionary processes and are often used as indicators of wetl

  17. Current problems regarding abortion, prenatal genetic testing and managing pregnancy

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    Klajn-Tatić Vesna

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Current ethical and legal issues with regard to abortion, prenatal genetic testing and managing pregnancy are discussed in this paper. These problems are considered from the legal theory point of view as well as from the standpoint of the Serbian Law, the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, European Court of Human Rights, legal regulations of several EU countries, the USA, Japan, and their judicial practice. First, the pregnancy termination standards that exist in Serbia are introduced. Then the following issues are explained separately: the pro life and pro choice approaches to abortion; abortion according to the legal approach as a way of survival; the moral and legal status of the fetus; prenatal genetic testing, and finally matters regarding managing pregnancy today. Moral and legal principals of autonomy, namely freedom of choice of the individual, privacy and self-determination give women the right to terminate unwanted pregnancies. In addition, the basic question is whether the right of the woman to abortion clashes with the rights of others. Firstly, with the right of the "fetus to life". Secondly, with the right of the state to intervene in the interest of protecting "the life of the fetus". Third, with the rights of the woman’s partner. The fetus has the moral right to life, but less in relation to the same right of the woman as well as in relation to her right to control her life and her physical and moral integrity. On the other hand, the value of the life of the fetus increases morally and legally with the maturity of gestation; from the third trimester, the interest of the state prevails in the protection of the "life of the fetus" except when the life or health of the pregnant woman are at risk. As regards the rights of the woman’s partner, namely the husband’s opinion, there is no legal significance. The law does not request his participation in the decision on abortion because

  18. The problem of introducing an electrical current into liquid metal

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    Yavoyskiy, V.I.; Khanov, V.K.; Kovalev, P.I.; Povkh, I.L.

    1984-01-01

    The question of introducing an electrical current into a liquid metal by means of steel electrode plates mounted in the walls of groove fettling is examined. The contact between the electrodes and the liquid cast iron and steel was accomplished through openings in the fettling. The supply of current was accomplished through a circuit in which an electrical current, which traveled along the electrode downward and then through the openings in the fettling into the liquid metal, is fed to the upper part of the electrode. The results are of interest for studies of liquid metallic magnetohydrodynamic installations.

  19. Current State and Problems of Higher Education Reform

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    Salnikov, N.; Burukhin, S.

    2009-01-01

    Higher education in Russia is experiencing changes in curriculum and in the specialization and function of institutions in the search for a better model for a post-Soviet society. The early 1990s saw the start of the reform of the system of education in Russia. However, problems of quality and of continuity with secondary education have still not…

  20. Current Problems in X-Ray Emission Spectroscopy

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    Goldstein, Joseph I.; Williams, David B.; Lyman, Charles E.

    1989-01-01

    Various problems that limit X-ray analysis in the analytical electron microscope are reviewed. Major emphasis is given to the trade-off between minimum mass fraction and spatial resolution. New developments such as high-brightness electron guns, new X-ray spectrometers and clean high-vacuum analysis conditions will lead to major improvements in the accuracy and detectability limits of X-ray emission spectroscopy.

  1. Unsolved problems in biology--The state of current thinking.

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    Dev, Sukhendu B

    2015-03-01

    Many outstanding problems have been solved in biology and medicine for which scientists have been awarded prestigious prizes including the Nobel Prize, Lasker Award and Breakthrough Prizes in life sciences. These have been the fruits of years of basic research. From time to time, publications have appeared listing "unsolved" problems in biology. In this article, I ask the question whether it is possible to have such a list, if not a unique one, at least one that is analogous to the Millennium Prize in mathematics. My approach to finding an answer to this question was to gather views of leading biologists. I have also included my own views. Analysis of all the responses received over several years has convinced me that it is difficult, but not impossible, to have such a prize. Biology is complex and very interdisciplinary these days at times involving large numbers of teams, unlike mathematics, where Andrew Wiles spent seven years in complete isolation and secrecy solving Fermat's last theorem. Such an approach is simply not possible in biology. Still I would like to suggest that a similar prize can be established by a panel of distinguished scientists. It would be awarded to those who solved one of the listed problems in biology that warrant a verifiable solution. Despite many different opinions, I found that there is some commonality in the responses I received - I go on to discuss what these are and how they may impact future thinking.

  2. Current challenges facing the assessment of the allergenic capacity of food allergens in animal models

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    Bøgh, Katrine Lindholm; Bilsen, van Jolanda; Głogowski, Robert; López-Expósito, Iván; Bouchaud, Grégory; Blanchard, Carine; Bodinier, Marie; Smit, Joost; Pieters, Raymond; Bastiaan-Net, Shanna; Wit, de Nicole; Untersmayr, Eva; Adel-Patient, Karine; Knippels, Leon; Epstein, Michelle M.; Noti, Mario; Nygaard, Unni Cecilie; Kimber, Ian; Verhoeckx, Kitty; O'Mahony, Liam

    2016-01-01

    Food allergy is a major health problem of increasing concern. The insufficiency of protein sources for human nutrition in a world with a growing population is also a significant problem. The introduction of new protein sources into the diet, such as newly developed innovative foods or foods produced

  3. Current challenges facing the assessment of the allergenic capacity of food allergens in animal models

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    Bøgh, Katrine Lindholm; Bilsen, Jolanda van; Głogowski, Robert; López‑Expósito, Iván; Bouchaud, Grégory; Blanchard, Carine; Bodinier, Marie; Smit, Joost; Pieters, Raymond; Bastiaan‑Net, Shanna; Wit, Nicole de; Untersmayr, Eva; Adel‑Patient, Karine; Knippels, Leon; Epstein, Michelle M.; Noti, Mario; Nygaard, Unni Cecilie; Kimber, Ian; Verhoeckx, Kitty; O’Mahony, Liam

    2016-01-01

    From the article: Abstract Food allergy is a major health problem of increasing concern. The insufficiency of protein sources for human nutrition in a world with a growing population is also a significant problem. The introduction of new protein sources into the diet, such as newly developed innovat

  4. Current challenges facing the assessment of the allergenic capacity of food allergens in animal models

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    Jolanda van Bilsen; Liam O’Mahony; Grégory Bouchaud; Robert Głogowski; Shanna Bastiaan‑Net; Joost Smit; Nicole de Wit; Leon Knippels; Iván López‑Expósito; Kitty Verhoeckx; Raymond Pieters; Ian Kimber; Eva Untersmayr; Carine Blanchard; Unni Cecilie Nygaard; Michelle M. Epstein; Katrine Lindholm Bøgh; Marie Bodinier; Mario Noti; Karine Adel‑Patient

    2016-01-01

    From the article: Abstract Food allergy is a major health problem of increasing concern. The insufficiency of protein sources for human nutrition in a world with a growing population is also a significant problem. The introduction of new protein sources into the diet, such as newly developed

  5. Current challenges facing the assessment of the allergenic capacity of food allergens in animal models

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    Bøgh, Katrine Lindholm; van Bilsen, Jolanda; Głogowski, Robert; López-Expósito, Iván; Bouchaud, Grégory; Blanchard, Carine; Bodinier, Marie; Smit, Joost|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/250600706; Pieters, Raymond; Bastiaan-Net, Shanna; de Wit, Nicole; Untersmayr, Eva; Adel-Patient, Karine; Knippels, Leon|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/170352153; Epstein, Michelle M; Noti, Mario; Nygaard, Unni Cecilie; Kimber, Ian; Verhoeckx, Kitty; O'Mahony, Liam

    2016-01-01

    Food allergy is a major health problem of increasing concern. The insufficiency of protein sources for human nutrition in a world with a growing population is also a significant problem. The introduction of new protein sources into the diet, such as newly developed innovative foods or foods produced

  6. Playing one's cards face up in analysis: an approach to the problem of self-disclosure.

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    Renik, O

    1999-10-01

    A policy of consistent willingness on the analyst's part to make his or her own views explicitly available to the patient is discussed and illustrated by clinical vignettes. Playing one's cards face up is contrasted with contemporary conceptions of selective self-disclosure by the analyst, especially with respect to the way ground rules for the analytic treatment relationship get established. The objective of the analyst playing his or her cards face up is to create a candid dialogue, thus facilitating maximally effective collaboration between analyst and patient. Concerns about the analyst's self-disclosure foreclosing exploration of the patient's unconscious fantasies and transferences, or intruding upon the patient's autonomy, are addressed, as is the relation between self-disclosure and an individual analyst's personal style.

  7. SOLVING THE PROBLEMS OF SUBJECT SPECIALIST KNOWLEDGE FACED IN THE ATTSR PROJECT

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    1999-01-01

    ESP teachers teaching English for mixed subject -specialist groups meet problems such as selecting teach-ing materials,dealing with the subject matter,and teaching methods.The experience in the ATTSR(Advanced Teacher Training in Specialist Reading)project may be a reference point for colleagues whomeet with the same problems.In this paper the author will suggest methods to solve these problems intraining this group:using different subject s

  8. Current problems of foreign practice-related educational psychology

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    A.D. Andreeva

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The article regards the questions of scientific-methodological provision of psychologist’s activity in an educational settlement which are urgent for the activity of practical educational psychologist in Russia as well. The presented information concerns the psychologist’s particular strands of work which can be both developing (development of ABM and psycho-correcting (reasons and forms of school phobias, bullying displays, lying. The ethical problems of psychologist’s work with families namely in case of the parent-child conflicts is also reviewed in the article.

  9. SCHOOLS AND CYBERBULLYING: PROBLEM PERCEPTION, CURRENT ACTIONS AND FUTURE NEEDS

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    Cyberbullying is a common phenomenon amongst young people. It exhibits many similarities to traditional school bullying, with a potentially serious impact on the mental health and school functioning of victims. For this reason, action by schools is often recommended. The aim of this article is to provide a better picture of what schools are currently doing to address cyberbullying and of what schools will need to continue doing so in the future. An online survey was conducted among staff memb...

  10. [Current status of lung transplantation in China: problems and perspectives].

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    Wang, X A; Jiang, G N

    2016-12-01

    Despite rapid progress, clinical lung transplantation in China still lags far behind. A great challenge remains in donor lung utilization and perioperative medicine. It's really abnormal that we are so backward in lung transplantation when we have come up with the advanced world levels in thoracic surgery, pulmonology and critical care medicine. Our shortcomings were analyzed by comparing lung transplantation in China and in the advanced countries. The first problem is multidisciplinary teamwork. In the United States, a lung transplant team includes physician specialized in lung transplantation, thoracic surgeons, nurses, respiratory therapists and other specialists possibly needed. In contrast, our lung transplant teams are derived from thoracic surgery teams. Other specialists are invited for consultation just when thoracic surgeons are unable to deal with the tough issues in perioperative medicine. The low utilization and quality of donor lung also result from poor teamwork. The second problem is that we failed to integrate such advances as extra corporeal lung support and ex vivo lung perfusion into our lung transplant programs. In conclusion, the development of lung transplantation in China is dependent upon an initiative, multidisciplinary team approach.

  11. Forest certification in Russia: development, current state and problems

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    Lukashevich Victor

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    Full Text Available The article analyzes the development of voluntary forest certification by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC system in Russia. The article is based on the review of diverse information sources, analysis of the reports of timber processing enterprises, personal observations during certification audits, discussions in workgroups, and information collected at training courses. We evaluated the present state of voluntary forest certification in Russia, analyzed non-compliances of the activity of Russian wood processing enterprises with the national standard FSC-STD-RUS-V6-1-2012 and indicated possible reasons for non-fulfillment of the requirements. We also presented problems in the development of forest certification in Russia and possible ways for its further development.

  12. The different faces of one's self: an fMRI study into the recognition of current and past self-facial appearances.

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    Apps, Matthew A J; Tajadura-Jiménez, Ana; Turley, Grainne; Tsakiris, Manos

    2012-11-15

    Mirror self-recognition is often considered as an index of self-awareness. Neuroimaging studies have identified a neural circuit specialised for the recognition of one's own current facial appearance. However, faces change considerably over a lifespan, highlighting the necessity for representations of one's face to continually be updated. We used fMRI to investigate the different neural circuits involved in the recognition of the childhood and current, adult, faces of one's self. Participants viewed images of either their own face as it currently looks morphed with the face of a familiar other or their childhood face morphed with the childhood face of the familiar other. Activity in areas which have a generalised selectivity for faces, including the inferior occipital gyrus, the superior parietal lobule and the inferior temporal gyrus, varied with the amount of current self in an image. Activity in areas involved in memory encoding and retrieval, including the hippocampus and the posterior cingulate gyrus, and areas involved in creating a sense of body ownership, including the temporo-parietal junction and the inferior parietal lobule, varied with the amount of childhood self in an image. We suggest that the recognition of one's own past or present face is underpinned by different cognitive processes in distinct neural circuits. Current self-recognition engages areas involved in perceptual face processing, whereas childhood self-recognition recruits networks involved in body ownership and memory processing.

  13. The different faces of one’s self: an fMRI study into the recognition of current and past self-facial appearances

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    Apps, Matthew A. J.; Tajadura-Jiménez, Ana; Turley, Grainne; Tsakiris, Manos

    2013-01-01

    Mirror self-recognition is often considered as an index of self-awareness. Neuroimaging studies have identified a neural circuit specialised for the recognition of one’s own current facial appearance. However, faces change considerably over a lifespan, highlighting the necessity for representations of one’s face to continually be updated. We used fMRI to investigate the different neural circuits involved in the recognition of the childhood and current, adult, faces of one’s self. Participants viewed images of either their own face as it currently looks morphed with the face of a familiar other or their childhood face morphed with the childhood face of the familiar other. Activity in areas which have a generalised selectivity for faces, including the inferior occipital gyrus, the superior parietal lobule and the inferior temporal gyrus, varied with the amount of current self in an image. Activity in areas involved in memory encoding and retrieval, including the hippocampus and the posterior cingulate gyrus, and areas involved in creating a sense of body ownership, including the temporo-parietal junction and the inferior parietal lobule, varied with the amount of childhood self in an image. We suggest that the recognition of one’s own past or present face is underpinned by different cognitive processes in distinct neural circuits. Current self-recognition engages areas involved in perceptual face processing, whereas childhood self-recognition recruits networks involved in body ownership and memory processing. PMID:22940117

  14. CURRENT ISSUES FACING THE INTRODUCTION OF HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS VACCINE IN MALAYSIA

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    I-Ching Sam

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Certain human papillomavirus (HPV types are strongly associated with cervical cancer. Recently-described effective vaccines against these HPV types represent a great medical breakthrough in preventing cervical cancer. In Malaysia, the vaccine has just received regulatory approval. We are likely to face similar barriers to implementing HPV vaccination as reported by countries where vaccination has been introduced. Most women have poor understanding of HPV and its link to cervical cancer. Physicians who will be recommending HPV vaccines may not have extensive knowledge or experience with HPV-related disease. Furthermore, a vaccine against a sexually-transmitted infection may elicit negative reactions from potential recipients or their carers, particularly in a conservative society. Given the high cost of the vaccine, reaching the most vulnerable women is a concern. To foster broad acceptance of HPV vaccine, education must be provided to health care providers, parents and young women about the risks of HPV infection and the benefits of vaccination.

  15. Open problems and perspectives offered by current and future instruments

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    Gérin M.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We summarize recent observational and theoretical results and discuss the open challenges for astrochemistry and the promises offered by the current and upcoming instruments. Some of the main challenges are listed below. Characterization of the structure of the interstellar medium Coupling of the matter with magnetic fields, role of cosmic rays Coupling of the dynamics with the evolution of matter (chemistry, ionization degree, depletion, desorption Characterization of dust grains (composition, size, emissivity, polarization Evolution of the carbonaceous matter, PAHs, aggregates and Diffuse Interstellar Bands (DIBs carriers Oxygen chemistry and the low abundance of molecular oxygen Nitrogen chemistry and its seeds, the nitrogen hydrides Sulfur chemistry and the contribution of S+ to the charge balance of translucent matter Neutral-neutral reactions involving simple radicals (CH, CH2, OH, etc..

  16. Inflammatory bowel diseases: Current problems and future tasks.

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    Actis, Giovanni C; Pellicano, Rinaldo; Rosina, Floriano

    2014-08-06

    Current knowledge on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is mainly endorsed by controlled trials and epidemiologic studies. Yet, we seldom look at the messages from real-world practice. Among a patient population followed since 2008, we looked at an unselected sample of 64 IBD patients [26 Crohn's disease (CD) and 38 ulcerative colitis (UC)] who had been seen as out-patients in the last year. Inducing remission, mesalamines (86% for UC/69% for CD/33%-16% as MMX formulation) prevailed as prescriptions; steroids (55%/19% for UC/CD) ranked second. Prescription of third-party drugs (antibiotics, NSAIDs, biologics) and adherence, were issues in the maintenance. 34% of CD, and 23% of UC patients showed accompanying immunologic diseases: CD-associated familiar psoriasis (4:9) ranked first. Main Message. The association between IBD (CD mainly) and psoriasis, now found in our practice, matches current basic science gathering IBD together with psoriasis (and perhaps chronic respiratory disease) under the comprehensive term "barrier organ disease" wherein an epithelial surface with sensor systems rules contacts between outer antigens and a reactive underneath tissue, with the balance between inflammation and quiescence kept at any time by mucosal permeability. IBD is thus viewed as a polyfactorial/polygenic/syndromic disorder, embedded into a galaxy of immune conditions offering multiple points of attack. This mindset of splitting the IBDs into pathogenic categories may allow overcoming the uniformly targeting of a single cytokine by biological drugs, in favor of demarcating the boundaries between different disease-subtype-specific indications, and paving the way to future personalized strategies.

  17. Inflammatory bowel diseases: Current problems and future tasks

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    Giovanni; C; Actis; Floriano; Rosina; Rinaldo; Pellicano

    2014-01-01

    Current knowledge on inflammatory bowel disease(IBD)is mainly endorsed by controlled trials and epidemiologic studies. Yet,we seldom look at the messages from real-world practice. Among a patient population followed since2008,we looked at an unselected sample of 64 IBD patients [26 Crohn’s disease(CD) and 38 ulcerative colitis(UC)] who had been seen as out-patients in the last year.Inducing remission,mesalamines(86% for UC/69% for CD/33%-16% as MMX formulation) prevailed as prescrip-tions; steroids(55%/19% for UC/CD) ranked second.Prescription of third-party drugs(antibiotics,NSAIDs,biologics) and adherence,were issues in the maintenance.34% of CD,and 23% of UC patients showed accompany-ing immunologic diseases: CD-associated familiar psoriasis(4:9) ranked first. Main Message. The association between IBD(CD mainly) and psoriasis,now found in our practice,matches current basic science gathering IBD together with psoriasis(and perhaps chronic respiratory disease) under the comprehensive term "barrier organ disease" wherein an epithelial surface with sensor system srules contacts between outer antigens and a reactive underneath tissue,with the balance between inflammation and quiescence kept at any time by mucosal permeability.IBD is thus viewed as a polyfactorial/polygenic/syndromic disorder,embedded into a galaxy of immune conditions offering multiple points of attack. This mindset of splitting the IBDs into pathogenic categories may allow overcoming the uniformly targeting of a single cytokine by biological drugs,in favor of demarcating the boundaries between different disease-subtype-specific indications,and paving the way to future personalized strategies.

  18. On-campus physicians witnessing changes in medical problems faced by university students.

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    Thorne, S

    1996-01-01

    Most Canadian universities offer on-campus health services for their students. Ten years ago minor health problems such as infections, cuts and bruises were the common causes of visits to student health centres, but today medical staff report that students are seeking help for more serious problems such as sexually transmitted diseases, stress, sports injuries, eating disorders and asthma and allergies. Many are also seeking psychiatric counselling.

  19. Shift Work and Health: Current Problems and Preventive Actions

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    Giovanni Costa

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper gives an overview of the problems to be tackled nowadays by occupational health with regards to shift work as well as the main guidelines at organizational and medical levels on how to protect workers’ health and well-being. Working time organization is becoming a key factor on account of new technologies, market globalization, economic competition, and extension of social services to general populations, all of which involve more and more people in continuous assistance and control of work processes over the 24 hours in a day. The large increase of epidemiological and clinical studies on this issue document the severity of this risk factor on human health and well being, at both social and psychophysical levels, starting from a disruption of biological circadian rhythms and sleep/wake cycle and ending in several psychosomatic troubles and disorders, likely also including cancer, and extending to impairment of performance efficiency as well as family and social life. Appropriate interventions on the organization of shift schedules according to ergonomic criteria and careful health surveillance and social support for shift workers are important preventive and corrective measures that allow people to keep working without significant health impairment.

  20. Current Status of the Problem of Cosmological Variability of Fundamental Physical Constants

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    Varshslovich, D.A.; Ivanchik, A.V.; Orlov, A.V.; Potekhin, A.Y.; Petitjean, P.

    We review the current status of the problem of cosmological variability of fundamental physical constants, provided by modern laboratory experiments, Oklo phenomena analysis, and especially astronomical observations.

  1. Current status and problems of lung transplantation in Japan

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    2016-01-01

    Lung transplantation has been performed worldwide and recognized as an effective treatment for patients with various end-stage lung diseases. Shortage of lung donors is one of the main obstacles in most of the countries, especially in Japan. Every effort has been made to promote organ donation during the past 20 years. In 2010, Japanese transplant low was revised so that the family of the brain dead donors can make a decision for organ donation. Since then, the number of cadaveric lung donor has increased by 5-fold. However, the average waiting time is still more than 800 days resulting in considerable number of deaths on the waiting list. Lung transplantation in the use of donation after cardiac death (DCD) has now been increasingly performed in Europe, Australia and North America with promising results. However, controlled death is not permitted in Japan making it difficult to accept this strategy. Use of marginal donors is one of the strategies for organ shortage. In Japan, the rate of lung usage is now well over 60% because of careful donor management by medical consultants and aggressive use of marginal donors. Living-donor lobar lung transplantation (LDLLT) has been developed to offset the mismatch between supply and demand for those patients awaiting cadaveric lung transplantation (CLT) and it is often the most realistic option for very ill patients. Between 1998 and 2015, lung transplantation has been performed in 464 patients (55 children, 419 adults) at 9 lung transplant centers in Japan. CLT was performed in 283 patients (61%) and LDLLT was performed in 181 patients (39%). The 5-year survival was 72.3% and 71.6%, respectively. Of note, only seven children received CLT. In conclusion, lung transplantation in Japan has grown significantly with excellent results but the shortage of cadaveric lung donor remains to be an important unsolved problem. LDLLT is often the only realistic option for very ill patients especially for children. PMID:27651939

  2. PHYLLOID TUMORS OF MAMMARY GLANDS. CURRENT STATE OF THE PROBLEM

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    A. D. Zikiryakhodzhaev

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    Full Text Available Phylloid (leaf-shaped breast tumors are a rare disease and constitute 0.3–0.5% of all breast tumors. Due to the rare frequency of occurrence, as well as the small number of randomized studies that have been conducted on this pathology, there is currently no standardized approach to the diagnosis and treatment of phylloid tumors. The reports about these rare cases appearing in the literature are, as a rule, descriptive, which only emphasizes the difficulty of differential diagnosis, the development of the correct tactics for treating such patients. In connection with the rarity, it is very difficult to diagnose correctly this pathology, which requires a highly qualified doctor as a diagnostician in the initial contact with such a patient, and a pathologist doctor who establishes the final morphological diagnosis. Often, leaf-shaped tumors are mistaken for mammary fibroadenomas. Such difficulties in correct diagnosis in the preoperative period can lead to errors in the planning of treatment. Also, the recommendations for the treatment of patients with this diagnosis are not fully understood, since up to now there are no accepted treatment standards in both Russian and foreign recommendations. Due to the fact that this pathology of mammary glands is rare, the principles of treatment are based on small retrospective studies and clinical observations. In this review, we will discuss the results of major retrospective studies, including data on epidemiology, etiology, diagnostic approach, strategies and results of treatment of this complex group of breast pathologies.

  3. Investigating the Difficulties and Problems Faced by the English Language Students of Al Quds Open University in Legal Translation Process

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    Ahmed Maher Mahmoud Al-Nakhalah

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Following experimental descriptive method, the paper explores the difficulties and problems faced by the English language students of Al Quds Open University in legal translation process; that is, while translating legal terms/documents from Arabic to English and from English to Arabic. A test was designed by the researcher in order to explore and investigate the difficulties and problems faced by the students. The test included four questions: 1 Translating English legal paragraph, 2 Translating Arabic legal paragraph, 3 Translating ten Arabic legal terms and 4 Translating ten English legal terms. The test was applied on the English language students of Al Quds Open University in Gaza Region in Palestine during the second course of the academic year 2010/2011. The samples of the study were chosen and selected randomly. Following suitable statistical methods, the paper offers the obtained results with critical discussion. Possible solutions, recommendations and suggestions to overcome these difficulties and problems also form important parts of the discussion in the paper.

  4. Current challenges facing the assessment of the allergenic capacity of food allergens in animal models

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    Bøgh, Katrine Lindholm; van Bilsen, Jolanda; Głogowski, Robert

    2016-01-01

    produced using new technologies and production processes, insects, algae, duckweed, or agricultural products from third countries, creates the opportunity for development of new food allergies, and this in turn has driven the need to develop test methods capable of characterizing the allergenic potential......Food allergy is a major health problem of increasing concern. The insufficiency of protein sources for human nutrition in a world with a growing population is also a significant problem. The introduction of new protein sources into the diet, such as newly developed innovative foods or foods...... of novel food proteins. There is no doubt that robust and reliable animal models for the identification and characterization of food allergens would be valuable tools for safety assessment. However, although various animal models have been proposed for this purpose, to date, none have been formally...

  5. SAFETY PROBLEMS IN FULLY-MECHANIZED TOP-COAL CAVING.LONGWALL FACES

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    吴健; 郭文章

    1994-01-01

    The thick-seam top-coal caving technology has been in use in China for over a decade, and has given rise to significant economic efficiencies. Efforts in recent years to extend its application to more complex mining conditions, mostly high-gas seams, with or without prononcss of spontaneous combustion, have brought about new safety problems. This paper will highlight the fcaturca and problems related with thick-seam top-coal caving systems, compared with conventional, fully=mechanized longwall systems, particularly issues related to methane, spontaneous combustion and dust, and discuss the methods and measures to deal with them.

  6. [Current problems in the microbiological control of food].

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    Campello, C

    1989-01-01

    The paper deals with a number of aspects of current interest and significance on the subject of the microbiological testing of food with particular reference to the role of research institutes. The main objectives of microbiological testing of food are essentially two: (i) to establish the absence of a human health hazard due to microbial contamination of food (food safety); and (ii) to define the quality standard of food (food quality). As far as the first of these objectives is concerned, the outcome of the assay necessarily emerges not only from identification of pathogens but also from definition of their pathogenicity and virulence characteristics and of critical factors for their transmission. Alongside the classic pathogens, evidence has recently been found indicating that four additional bacteria, namely Yersinia enterocolitica, Campylobacter jejuni, Vibrio cholerae non 0-1 and Listeria monocytogenes, also play an important role in food-borne disease. The most characteristic biological, ecological and epidemiologic aspects related to human food-borne disease are described for these bacteria. As regards the second objective, i.e. food quality, stress is laid on the role played by microbial indicators and their predictivity for pathogenic micro-organisms, which does not always exist. This depends on three basic differential factors: (i) biological characteristics giving rise to different diffusion, dilution and extinction phenomena, or, on the other hand, multiplication of such pathogens in the environment and in food; (ii) resistance to the natural inactivation mechanisms, whether of a general or specific nature, of each alimentary substrate; and (iii) the ecological and epidemiological pattern. By way of examples, two experiences indicating the lack of predictivity of the faecal indicators for enterovirus and Vibrio cholerae non 0-1 are reported. Nevertheless, standard microbiological testing for mesophilic flora and indicators are fundamental instruments

  7. Current Situation and Problems of Export-oriented Tilapia Processing in Guangxi and Countermeasures

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    Ying; ZHANG; Gaozhong; JIANG; Qiong; ZHANG

    2014-01-01

    Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is an excellent area for tilapia breeding in China,and the development of tilapia industry has received high attention of both the state and Guangxi government. The foreign exchange earning is an essential industrial form of tilapia industry in Guangxi. Thus,enhancing the competitiveness of export-oriented tilapia processing is of great significance to the development of tilapia industry. On the basis of field survey,this paper analyzed current situation of export-oriented tilapia processing in Guangxi. At present,tilapia processing industry in Guangxi has realized preliminary standardization,large-scale and grouping,but it is still faced with some problems and challenges,such as low industrialization level,no balanced marketing,and imperfect product quality safety monitoring measures. Therefore,it is required to create favorable environment for export-oriented tilapia processing industry in Guangxi through enhancing policy support,increasing financial input and supporting tilapia processing leading enterprises.

  8. Age Difference and Face-Saving in an Inter-Generational Problem-Based Learning Group

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    Robinson, Leslie

    2016-01-01

    This study used grounded theory methodology to investigate whether learning in a problem-based learning (PBL) group was influenced by student demographic diversity. Data comprised observations, in the form of video footage, of one first-year PBL group carried out over the period of an academic year, along with student interviews. Using the…

  9. Problems Faced by Distance Learners in Using Web-Based Facilities

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    Dharankar, Madhavi

    2012-01-01

    Countries like India are engaged in exploring appropriate ways of tackling the urgent problem of educating their large and growing populations in relatively little time and with limited resources. Against this background, achieving universal primary education is a major concern. If this Millennium Development Goal is to be achieved, the…

  10. Problems faced by ASHA workers for malarial services under NVBDCP: a cross sectional study

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    Aniruddha Gohel

    2015-12-01

    Conclusions: Main identified problems were some areas were far to reach by them, getting incentive for work and populations catered by them were too high. Most of them belonged to low performing sub centre-villages. All of above findings had affected the performance of ASHA workers. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(12.000: 3510-3513

  11. Saving Face: Managing Rapport in a Problem-Based Learning Group

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    Robinson, Leslie; Harris, Ann; Burton, Rob

    2015-01-01

    This qualitative study investigated the complex social aspects of communication required for students to participate effectively in Problem-Based Learning and explored how these dynamics are managed. The longitudinal study of a group of first-year undergraduates examined interactions using Rapport Management as a framework to analyse communication…

  12. The main problems faced Ukraine in case of low-carbon economy

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    Artemenko L. P.

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The article presents main thoughts covering the process of implementation of low-carbon economy principles in Ukraine, presented main problems towards this aim and proposes one of the main steps to be taken on this long-term way. In case of the damaged limit of the natural recourses to be developed in Ukraine nowadays (especially gas, oil, coil, etc., lost of competitive position on international market to be always placed by Ukrainian manufactories, disability to cut the value of carbon gases and then, as a result, disability to ensure Ukrainian obligations by the Kyoto protocol, Ukrainian Government needs to find better solution for solving the problems mentioned above. In this case we should take into account that the main part of these problems appeared in case of the low-carbon economy movement in the world. As we declare our desire to be next to the leaders countries, than we have to find solutions for our problems based on the main international best practices.

  13. AN ANALYSIS OF STUDENTS’ SKILL IN APPLYING THE PROBLEM SOLVING STRATEGY TO THE PHYSICS PROBLEM SETTLEMENT IN FACING AEC AS GLOBAL COMPETITION

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    Full Text Available The results of previous studies show that students of Physics Education (S1 and S2, FKIP Syiah Kuala University more than 50% do not understand the programs and roadmap of Pilar ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community as a part of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC. The inference of those results to the implementation of learning physics and science education system needs to be implemented through a link and match learning model that can improve the ability to think critically and creatively, and students need to be trained to be problem solvers, not the problem makers.Based on these problems, through this research has been applied physics learning by using Problem Solving strategies on 25 students of Master of Physical Education and Science. At the end of the implementation study measured the ability of students to apply problem-solving strategies in accordance with Answer Sections of Problem Solving adopted from previous research. The results showed that the majority of students (78% are able to implement the stage I (Focus on Problem with a complete, almost all respondents (91% was only able to implement the stage II (Describe the Physics of about 40%, almost all respondents (91% can apply for the stage III (Plan The Solution approximately 80% of all respondents have been able to implement the stage IV (Excute the Plan perfectly, and all respondents have been able to apply the stage V (Evaluate the Answer completely. It is expected that all staff of teaching Science materials (Physics, they are recommended strongly to implement Problem Solving as an alternative strategy for preparing students to face global competition in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC.

  14. Parental persuasive strategies in the face of daily problems in adolescent type 1 diabetes management.

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    Berg, Cynthia A; Butner, Jonathan E; Butler, Jorie M; King, Pamela S; Hughes, Amy E; Wiebe, Deborah J

    2013-07-01

    The study examined (1) whether daily diabetes problems that adolescents experience were associated with parental persuasive strategies (e.g., persuading the adolescent to do more to manage diabetes), (2) whether this association was mediated through greater parental worry and lower confidence in adolescents' abilities, and (3) how parental persuasive strategies may provide corrections for subsequent blood glucose control but reduce adolescent confidence for adolescents high in self-efficacy. Adolescents with Type 1 diabetes (N = 180, ages 10.50-15.58 years) and their mothers (N = 176) and fathers (N = 139) completed diaries for 14 days reporting on problems experienced with diabetes, maternal and paternal use of persuasive strategies, and confidence in adolescents' ability to manage diabetes. Parents reported their daily worry about diabetes, adolescents reported their general self-efficacy for diabetes management, and blood glucose was downloaded from glucometers. Across reporters, multilevel modeling revealed that parents used more persuasive strategies on days when more diabetes problems were experienced. This association was mediated through parents' greater worry and lower confidence in adolescents' ability to manage diabetes. Lagged analyses revealed that adolescents' perceptions of maternal persuasive strategies were associated with improvements in next-day blood glucose, but also with reductions in adolescents' daily confidence for those high in self-efficacy. Parental persuasive strategies appear responsive to daily problems that adolescents experience in diabetes management. Mothers' persuasive strategies may have the dual effects of correcting blood glucose levels but reducing the more self-efficacious adolescents' confidence in their own ability to manage diabetes. PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved.

  15. Can Hare's two-level utilitarianism overcome the problems facing act-utilitarianism?

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    2012-01-01

    In order to provide a positive defence of utilitarianism, R.M Hare presented his own theory of 'two-level' utilitarianism, claiming that it overcame the main objections directed towards traditional act utilitarianism. This essay firstly outlines the main problems associated with utilitarianism and examines whether Hare's theory is indeed able to successfully overcome them. It then goes on to examine the coherence of two-level utilitarianism itself, and thus determine whether it can provide a ...

  16. Maximizing work integration in job placement of individuals facing mental health problems: Supervisor experiences.

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    Skarpaas, Lisebet Skeie; Ramvi, Ellen; Løvereide, Lise; Aas, Randi Wågø

    2015-01-01

    Many people confronting mental health problems are excluded from participation in paid work. Supervisor engagement is essential for successful job placement. To elicit supervisor perspectives on the challenges involved in fostering integration to support individuals with mental health problems (trainees) in their job placement at ordinary companies. Explorative, qualitative designed study with a phenomenological approach, based on semi-structured interviews with 15 supervisors involved in job placements for a total of 105 trainees (mean 7, min-max. 1-30, SD 8). Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis. Superviors experience two interrelated dilemmas concerning knowledge of the trainee and degree of preferential treatment. Challenges to obtaining successful integration were; motivational: 1) Supervisors previous experience with trainees encourages future engagement, 2) Developing a realistic picture of the situation, and 3) Disclosure and knowledge of mental health problems, and continuity challenges: 4) Sustaining trainee cooperation throughout the placement process, 5) Building and maintaining a good relationship between supervisor and trainee, and 6) Ensuring continuous cooperation with the social security system and other stakeholders. Supervisors experience relational dilemmas regarding pre-judgment, privacy and equality. Job placement seem to be maximized when the stakeholders are motivated and recognize that cooperation must be a continuous process.

  17. Facing operational problems in a biodigester in Yuvientsa - Amazonian region of Ecuador

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    Aragundy, J.

    2007-07-01

    Yuvientsa is a Shuar indigenous community located in the Morona Santiago Province in the southwestern part of the Amazonian region of Ecuador. Two types of alternative energies have being implemented in Yuvientsa to satisfy people's needs. Solar panels provide electricity to the community. A biodigester to treat the school lavatories' brown-water (fecal water) and to provide gas for cooking to the communal kitchen was built as well. During the operational phase the biodigester faced some difficulties as: being perforated by people of the community as started inflating, being fumigated against malaria, and not having enough organic matter to produce biogas. As a result in this time the biodigester did not operate satisfactorily and the community did not believe that it could work and produce biogas. A biodigester should not be built without an awareness campaign or showing a direct benefit to the community that ensures its adequate operation and maintenance. Before constructing the reactor the organic matter source to operate the biodigester should be clearly identified and its amount should be enough. (orig.)

  18. The multiple faces of interparental conflict: Implications for cascades of children's insecurity and externalizing problems.

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    Davies, Patrick T; Hentges, Rochelle F; Coe, Jesse L; Martin, Meredith J; Sturge-Apple, Melissa L; Cummings, E Mark

    2016-07-01

    This multistudy article examined the relative strength of mediational pathways involving hostile, disengaged, and uncooperative forms of interparental conflict, children's emotional insecurity, and their externalizing problems across 2 longitudinal studies. Participants in Study 1 consisted of 243 preschool children (M age = 4.60 years) and their parents, whereas Study 2 consisted of 263 adolescents (M age = 12.62 years) and their parents. Both studies utilized multimethod, multi-informant assessment batteries within a longitudinal design with 3 measurement occasions. Across both studies, lagged, autoregressive tests of the mediational paths revealed that interparental hostility was a significantly stronger predictor of the prospective cascade of children's insecurity and externalizing problems than interparental disengagement and low levels of interparental cooperation. Findings further indicated that interparental disengagement was a stronger predictor of the insecurity pathway than was low interparental cooperation for the sample of adolescents in Study 2. Results are discussed in relation to how they inform and advance developmental models of family risk. (PsycINFO Database Record

  19. Are ethical norms and current policies still relevant in face of the recent mass terror events?

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    Simon, Tomer; Goldberg, Avishay; Adini, Bruria

    2016-10-04

    The widespread utilization of social media in recent terror attacks in major European cities should raise a "red flag" for the emergency medical response teams. The question arises as to the impact of social media during terror events on the healthcare system. Information was published well before any emergency authority received a distress call or was requested to respond. Photos published at early stages of the attacks, through social media were uncensored, presenting identifiable pictures of victims. Technological advancements of recent years decrease and remove barriers that enable the public to use them as they see fit. These attacks raise ethical considerations for the patients and their rights as they were outsourced from the medical community, into the hands of the public. The healthcare system should leverage social media and its advantages in designing response to terror, but this requires a re-evaluation and introspection into the current emergency response models.

  20. Collaborative Systems Thinking: A Response to the Problems Faced by Systems Engineering's 'Middle Tier'

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    Phfarr, Barbara B.; So, Maria M.; Lamb, Caroline Twomey; Rhodes, Donna H.

    2009-01-01

    Experienced systems engineers are adept at more than implementing systems engineering processes: they utilize systems thinking to solve complex engineering problems. Within the space industry demographics and economic pressures are reducing the number of experienced systems engineers that will be available in the future. Collaborative systems thinking within systems engineering teams is proposed as a way to integrate systems engineers of various experience levels to handle complex systems engineering challenges. This paper uses the GOES-R Program Systems Engineering team to illustrate the enablers and barriers to team level systems thinking and to identify ways in which performance could be improved. Ways NASA could expand its engineering training to promote team-level systems thinking are proposed.

  1. The changing faces of the Problem of Space in the work of Hermann Weyl

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    Scholz, Erhard

    2016-01-01

    During his life Weyl approached the problem of space (PoS) from various sides. Two aspects stand out as permanent features of his different approaches: the {\\em unique determination of an affine connection} (i.e., without torsion in the terminology of Cartan) and the question {\\em which type of group} characterizes physical space. The first feature came up in 1919 (commentaries to Riemann's inaugural lecture) and played a crucial role in Weyl's work on the PoS in the early 1920s. He defended the central role of affine connections even in the light of Cartan's more general framework of connections with torsion. In later years, after the rise of the Dirac field, it could have become problematic, but Weyl saw the challenge posed to Einstein gravity by spin coupling primarily in the possibility to allow for non-metric affine connections. Only after Weyl's death Cartan's approach to infinitesimal homogeneity and torsion became revitalized in gravity theories.

  2. Ecophysiology of avian migration in the face of current global hazards.

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    Klaassen, Marcel; Hoye, Bethany J; Nolet, Bart A; Buttemer, William A

    2012-06-19

    Long-distance migratory birds are often considered extreme athletes, possessing a range of traits that approach the physiological limits of vertebrate design. In addition, their movements must be carefully timed to ensure that they obtain resources of sufficient quantity and quality to satisfy their high-energy needs. Migratory birds may therefore be particularly vulnerable to global change processes that are projected to alter the quality and quantity of resource availability. Because long-distance flight requires high and sustained aerobic capacity, even minor decreases in vitality can have large negative consequences for migrants. In the light of this, we assess how current global change processes may affect the ability of birds to meet the physiological demands of migration, and suggest areas where avian physiologists may help to identify potential hazards. Predicting the consequences of global change scenarios on migrant species requires (i) reconciliation of empirical and theoretical studies of avian flight physiology; (ii) an understanding of the effects of food quality, toxicants and disease on migrant performance; and (iii) mechanistic models that integrate abiotic and biotic factors to predict migratory behaviour. Critically, a multi-dimensional concept of vitality would greatly facilitate evaluation of the impact of various global change processes on the population dynamics of migratory birds.

  3. Education of a Future Human is the Key to Solving the Global Problems Facing Humanity

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The present research considers two Global problems of the humanity:intercivilizational contradictions and the pandemic of abortion as serious conflicts, the solution of which depends on the relevant public educational policies. The tension in the relationship between the Islamic World and the West, caused by the so-called “caricature scandal”, encourages to understanding the conflict and the ways of its solution. There is also the problem of massive numbers of abortions in the world that requires a scientific analysis and relevant conclusions. The research revealed that both sides of intercivilizational conflicts are responsible for it. The freedom of speech as an ingredient of democracy cannot exist only for itself. It should be based on the human values, including respect for other nations, religions, cultures, as well as the protection of human life. The second part of the research concerns the pandemic of abortion. Based on the achievements of modern embryology, sociology and bioethics, four levels of this conflict were defined. The first level is a conflict concerning the life of the unborn child. The second one is a conflict concerning a mother. The third one is a conflict with the nation. The fourth one is a conflict with God. On these issues, the survey was conducted among the first year medical students at Ternopil State Medical University. It was also concluded that it would have been useful to present the model of state policy aimed to prevent conflictsbetween civilizations, aswellasthepandemicofabortiontothestudents. Thispolicy should include: information policy (promotion of the idea that human life is the highest value, and human relationships should be based on the principles of tolerance; education policy (education in today’s youth of the culture of interpersonal relationships based on honesty, responsibility; social policy (creation of the material conditions for young families, single mothers; policy in the health sector

  4. Current status of self-organized epitaxial graphene ribbons on the C face of 6H-SiC substrates

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    Camara, Nicolas; Caboni, Alessandra; Godignon, Philippe [IMB-CNM-CSIC, Campus UAB 08193-Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain); Tiberj, Antoine; Jouault, Benoit; Jabakhanji, Bilal; Camassel, Jean [GES, UMR-CNRS 5650, Universite Montpellier 2, 34095-Montpellier cedex 5 (France); Mestres, Narcis [ICMAB-CSIC, Campus UAB 08193- Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain)

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    The current status of long, self-organized, epitaxial graphene ribbons grown on the (0 0 0 -1) face of 6H-SiC substrates is reviewed. First, starting from the early stage of growth it is shown that on the C face of 6H-SiC substrates the sublimation process is not homogeneous. Most of the time it starts from defective sites, dislocations or point defects, that define nearly circular flakes surrounded by bare SiC. These flakes have a volcano-like shape with a graphite chimney at the centre, where the original defect was located. At higher temperatures a complete conversion occurs, which is not yet homogeneous on the whole sample. This growth process can be modified by covering the sample with a graphite cap. It changes the physics of the surface reconstruction during the Si-sublimation process and, on the C face, makes more efficient the reconstruction of few selected terraces with respect to the others. The net result is the formation of strongly step-bunched areas with, in between, long and large reconstructed terraces covered by graphitic material. Despite the low intrinsic optical absorption of a few graphene layers on SiC, micro-transmission experiments, complemented by micro-Raman spectroscopy, demonstrate that most of this graphitic coverage is made of one or two homogeneous graphene layers. We show also that most of the thermal stress between the graphene layer and the 6H-SiC substrate is relaxed by pleats or wrinkles which are clearly visible on the AFM images. Finally, the results of transport experiments performed on the graphitic ribbons reveal the p-type character of the ribbons.

  5. A Reflection on the Current Problems in English Reading Teaching in Middle Schools

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    张晓敏

    2015-01-01

    For EFL students at middle school, reading is significant to their English language learning. But there are problems in middles’ English reading teaching.This paper tries to explore the current problems in English reading in middle schools and make a reflection.

  6. A Reflection on the Current Problems in English Reading Teaching in Middle Schools

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    张晓敏

    2015-01-01

    For EFL students at middle school,reading is significant to their English language learning.But there are problems in middles’English reading teaching.This paper tries to explore the current problems in English reading in middle schools and make a refl ection.

  7. New Problems Faced by Information Organizing in the Network Environment%网络环境下信息组织面临的新问题

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    倪莉

    2001-01-01

    In the network environment, information organizing faces many new problems, such as information filtration, bibliographic control, systematic indexing, etc. The key point of solving such problems is to extend the function of the traditional methods of information organizing so as to classify and catalog the network information resources mom effectively.

  8. A new wavelet transform to sparsely represent cortical current densities for EEG/MEG inverse problems.

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    Liao, Ke; Zhu, Min; Ding, Lei

    2013-08-01

    The present study investigated the use of transform sparseness of cortical current density on human brain surface to improve electroencephalography/magnetoencephalography (EEG/MEG) inverse solutions. Transform sparseness was assessed by evaluating compressibility of cortical current densities in transform domains. To do that, a structure compression method from computer graphics was first adopted to compress cortical surface structure, either regular or irregular, into hierarchical multi-resolution meshes. Then, a new face-based wavelet method based on generated multi-resolution meshes was proposed to compress current density functions defined on cortical surfaces. Twelve cortical surface models were built by three EEG/MEG softwares and their structural compressibility was evaluated and compared by the proposed method. Monte Carlo simulations were implemented to evaluate the performance of the proposed wavelet method in compressing various cortical current density distributions as compared to other two available vertex-based wavelet methods. The present results indicate that the face-based wavelet method can achieve higher transform sparseness than vertex-based wavelet methods. Furthermore, basis functions from the face-based wavelet method have lower coherence against typical EEG and MEG measurement systems than vertex-based wavelet methods. Both high transform sparseness and low coherent measurements suggest that the proposed face-based wavelet method can improve the performance of L1-norm regularized EEG/MEG inverse solutions, which was further demonstrated in simulations and experimental setups using MEG data. Thus, this new transform on complicated cortical structure is promising to significantly advance EEG/MEG inverse source imaging technologies.

  9. Solution of 3D inverse scattering problems by combined inverse equivalent current and finite element methods

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    Kılıç, Emre, E-mail: emre.kilic@tum.de; Eibert, Thomas F.

    2015-05-01

    An approach combining boundary integral and finite element methods is introduced for the solution of three-dimensional inverse electromagnetic medium scattering problems. Based on the equivalence principle, unknown equivalent electric and magnetic surface current densities on a closed surface are utilized to decompose the inverse medium problem into two parts: a linear radiation problem and a nonlinear cavity problem. The first problem is formulated by a boundary integral equation, the computational burden of which is reduced by employing the multilevel fast multipole method (MLFMM). Reconstructed Cauchy data on the surface allows the utilization of the Lorentz reciprocity and the Poynting's theorems. Exploiting these theorems, the noise level and an initial guess are estimated for the cavity problem. Moreover, it is possible to determine whether the material is lossy or not. In the second problem, the estimated surface currents form inhomogeneous boundary conditions of the cavity problem. The cavity problem is formulated by the finite element technique and solved iteratively by the Gauss–Newton method to reconstruct the properties of the object. Regularization for both the first and the second problems is achieved by a Krylov subspace method. The proposed method is tested against both synthetic and experimental data and promising reconstruction results are obtained.

  10. Current challenges facing the translation of brain computer interfaces from preclinical trials to use in human patients

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    Maxwell D. Murphy

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Current research in brain computer interface (BCI technology is advancing beyond preclinical studies, with trials beginning in human patients. To date, these trials have been carried out with several different types of recording interfaces. The success of these devices has varied widely, but different factors such as the level of invasiveness, timescale of recorded information, and ability to maintain stable functionality of the device over a long period of time all must be considered in addition to accuracy in decoding intent when assessing the most practical type of device moving forward. Here, we discuss various approaches to BCIs, distinguishing between devices focusing on control of operations extrinsic to the subject (e.g., prosthetic limbs, computer cursors and those focusing on control of operations intrinsic to the brain (e.g. using stimulation or external feedback, including closed-loop or adaptive devices. In this discussion, we consider the current challenges facing the translation of various types of BCI technology to eventual human application.

  11. Current Challenges Facing the Translation of Brain Computer Interfaces from Preclinical Trials to Use in Human Patients.

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    Murphy, Maxwell D; Guggenmos, David J; Bundy, David T; Nudo, Randolph J

    2015-01-01

    Current research in brain computer interface (BCI) technology is advancing beyond preclinical studies, with trials beginning in human patients. To date, these trials have been carried out with several different types of recording interfaces. The success of these devices has varied widely, but different factors such as the level of invasiveness, timescale of recorded information, and ability to maintain stable functionality of the device over a long period of time all must be considered in addition to accuracy in decoding intent when assessing the most practical type of device moving forward. Here, we discuss various approaches to BCIs, distinguishing between devices focusing on control of operations extrinsic to the subject (e.g., prosthetic limbs, computer cursors) and those focusing on control of operations intrinsic to the brain (e.g., using stimulation or external feedback), including closed-loop or adaptive devices. In this discussion, we consider the current challenges facing the translation of various types of BCI technology to eventual human application.

  12. Exploring individual differences in online and face-to-face help-seeking intentions in case of impending mental health problems: The role of adult attachment, perceived social support, psychological distress and self-stigma

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    Jennifer Apolinário-Hagen

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: Even though common mental health problems such as depression are a global burden calling for efficient prevention strategies, still many distressed individuals face hurdles to access public mental healthcare. Thus, computerized Internet-based psychological services have been suggested as viable approach to overcome barriers, such as self-stigma, and to inform the access to professional support on a large scale. However, little research has targeted predictors of online and face-to-face help-seeking intentions. Objective: This study aimed at determining whether associations between attachment insecurity and the willingness to seek online versus face-to-face counselling in case of impending emotional problems are mediated by both perceived social support and psychological distress and moderated by self-stigma. Methods: Data was collected from 301 adults from the German-speaking general population (age: M = 34.42, SD = 11.23; range: 18 - 65 years; 72.1% female through an anonymous online survey. Determinants of seeking help were assessed with the self-report measures Experiences in Close Relationship-Scale, Perceived Stress Questionnaire, ENRICHD-Social Support Inventory and an adapted version of the General Help Seeking Questionnaire (i.e. case vignette. Mediation analyses were performed with the SPSS-macro PROCESS by Hayes. Results: About half of the sample indicated being not aware of online counselling. As expected, insecure attachment was associated with less perceived social support and increased psychological distress. Mediational analyses revealed negative relationships between both attachment avoidance and self-stigma with face-to-face help-seeking intentions. Moreover, the relationship between attachment anxiety and the willingness to seek face-to-face counselling was mediated by social support. In contrast, none of the predictors of online counselling was statistically significant. Conclusions: Overall, this study identified

  13. Turkey’s Current Account Deficit Problem and Its Effects on the European Union Accession

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    Osman Zekayi Orhan

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In developing countries, long-term current account deficits may cause serious problems in the economy. Turkey's current account deficit and the financing of this deficit is one of the most widely debated issues in recent years. There are two different views about the emergence of the current account deficit. According to the first view, the current account deficit is due to the increase in demand created by economic growth after the 2001 crisis. According to the other opinion, this deficit is a result of an overvalued domestic currency, which is created by high interest rates accelerating the flow of short-term speculative capital. Since the current account deficit is financed with debt, the increasing external debt of the country is threatening the future of the economy. In this study, firstly the current account deficit problem in Turkey and the factors affecting the current operations which play an important role in financing the short-term capital movements are explained. Secondly, the policies to ensure the current account balance are defined. Finally the effects of the current account deficit problem on the European Union accession is discussed.

  14. The current status and future direction of self-help treatments for problem gamblers.

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    Raylu, Namrata; Oei, Tian P S; Loo, Jasmine

    2008-12-01

    The self-help treatment (SHT) studies for other psychological problems significantly outweigh those for problem gambling. Currently, very little is published about the application and efficacy of various forms of SHTs for problem gambling. Thus, this paper reviews the self-help literature (using the PsycINFO database--all years up to April 2008) to stimulate further research in this area for problem gambling. The findings show that SHTs in problem gambling are still in their infancy. Although the problem gambling literature has mainly reported on two forms of SHTs with problem gamblers (i.e. use of self-help manuals and audiotapes), the review discuss utilizing a wide range of SHTs with problem gamblers. These include written materials (e.g. self-help books and treatment manuals), audiotapes, videotapes, computer-based SHTs implemented on palmtop computers, desktop computers, via telephone (Interactive Voice Response systems--IVR) or via the Internet and virtual reality applications. These SHTs would suit those problem gamblers who are not accessing professional treatment due to shame, guilt, fear of stigma, privacy concerns or financial difficulties, as well as those living in rural areas or with less severe gambling problems. The review also suggest future protocols for conducting further research in this area with problem gamblers, highlighting a need for a cohesive theory to guide research.

  15. A Study on the Problems faced by Physical Education Teachers in their Profession (An Application of Kırşehir Province

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    Bekir BARIŞ CİHAN

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to identify the problems faced by physical education teachers, who work in Kırsehir province and its districts, in their day-to-day working in terms of problems faced in relation to School Management, problems in relation to the School and physical conditions, problems in relation to the training received by Teachers, problems in relation to the Students and their families, and problems that lead to stress. The focus group of the study consists of 84 Physical education teachers who work in Kırsehir and its districts during 2011-2012 school year. Within the scope of the study, “Problem screening" scale, which is developed by Doğanay (2006 was used as a tool for data collection, the alpha reliability coefficient of the scale is 71. A package program was used in analyzing the data obtained through the study and 0.05 significance level stood out with regard to relation and differences among variables. In consequence of the study, the problems faced by gym teachers in their day-to-day working are found to be at an average level at all sub-dimensions according to the average points they got from the scale. According to the sex variable, while the problems relating to School Management sub-dimension appear to have a significant difference, there was no significant relationship at sub-dimensions of problems in relation to School and physical conditions, problems in relation to trainings received by Teachers, problems in relation to Students and their families and problems that lead to stress.

  16. Applications of intelligent optimization in biology and medicine current trends and open problems

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    Grosan, Crina; Tolba, Mohamed

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    This volume provides updated, in-depth material on the application of intelligent optimization in biology and medicine. The aim of the book is to present solutions to the challenges and problems facing biology and medicine applications. This Volume comprises of 13 chapters, including an overview chapter, providing an up-to-date and state-of-the research on the application of intelligent optimization for bioinformatics applications, DNA based Steganography, a modified Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm for Solving Capacitated Maximal Covering Location Problem in Healthcare Systems, Optimization Methods for Medical Image Super Resolution Reconstruction and breast cancer classification. Moreover, some chapters that describe several bio-inspired approaches in MEDLINE Text Mining, DNA-Binding Proteins and Classes, Optimized Tumor Breast Cancer Classification using Combining Random Subspace and Static Classifiers Selection Paradigms, and Dental Image Registration. The book will be a useful compendium for a broad...

  17. [The problems of education in otosurgery: the current state-of-the-art].

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    Ioannides, G F

    2014-01-01

    An overview of the current problems of education in ear surgery is presented. The methods used for the purpose including the classical dissection of the temporal bone, application of synthetic and natural (animal) temporal bones are described alongside with the 3D models of the temporal bone and virtual dissection. In addition, the review covers the problem of enhancing effectiveness of the teaching methods, considers their advantages and disadvantages.

  18. Fractal-Based Methods and Inverse Problems for Differential Equations: Current State of the Art

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    Kunze, Herb E.; Davide La Torre; Franklin Mendivil; Manuel Ruiz Galán; Rachad Zaki

    2014-01-01

    We illustrate, in this short survey, the current state of the art of fractal-based techniques and their application to the solution of inverse problems for ordinary and partial differential equations. We review several methods based on the Collage Theorem and its extensions. We also discuss two innovative applications: the first one is related to a vibrating string model while the second one considers a collage-based approach for solving inverse problems for partial differential equations on ...

  19. Taxonomic Review of Classical and Current Literature on the Perennial American Family Forest Problem

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    Thomas J. Straka

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available One of the fundamental issues in American forest policy has been the small forest ownership problem. Early in the twentieth century, it was called the farm forestry problem, later, the nonindustrial private forest problem, and today, the family forest problem. Family forest owners are thought to manage their lands in a suboptimal manner resulting in low forest productivity relative to other ownership groups. This can lead to future timber supply problems. The exact nature of the problem, especially its social and economic basis, was a common subject of early forestry research studies. This article includes many of the major nonindustrial private forest or family forest studies, from early to current, and classifies them both by themes used by other authors and categories that relate to major research areas in the current literature. A major focus of this literature deals with promoting management on family forest holdings and possible land management incentives and disincentives. Natural trends in family forest ownership, like parcelization, also impact upon forest management opportunities. By developing a taxonomy that classifies these studies by research objective, methodology, owner motivation, and problem definition, this article serves to organize the family forest literature in a manner that provides a temporal framework for better understanding the historical motivation for and development of family forest research in the United States.

  20. Validation of Finite Element Solutions of Nonlinear, Periodic Eddy Current Problems

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available An industrial application is presented to validate a finite element analysis of 3-dimensional, nonlinear eddy-current problems with periodic excitation. The harmonic- balance method and the fixed-point technique are applied to get the steady state solution using the finite element method. The losses occurring in steel reinforcements underneath a reactor due to induced eddy-currents are computed and compared to measurements.

  1. Effect of Polya Problem-Solving Model on Senior Secondary School Students' Performance in Current Electricity

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    Olaniyan, Ademola Olatide; Omosewo, Esther O.; Nwankwo, Levi I.

    2015-01-01

    This study was designed to investigate the Effect of Polya Problem-Solving Model on Senior School Students' Performance in Current Electricity. It was a quasi experimental study of non- randomized, non equivalent pre-test post-test control group design. Three research questions were answered and corresponding three research hypotheses were tested…

  2. Evaluation of current state of agricultural land using problem-oriented fuzzy indicators in GIS environment

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    Current state of agricultural lands is defined under influence of processes in soil, plants and atmosphere and is described by observation data, complicated models and subjective opinion of experts. Problem-oriented indicators summarize this information in useful form for decision of the same specif...

  3. The Academic, Administrative, Economic, Social, and Psychological Problems Faced by Students of Textile and Clothing Major at King Abdul-Aziz University

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    Alsubyani, Noor Abdulhadi

    2017-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the academic, administrative, economic, social, and psychological problems faced by students of Textile and fabric major at King Abdul-Aziz University. To achieve this purpose, a questionnaire was designed and distributed to a sample of students in the Textile and fabric major, after the use of…

  4. An ethical perspective on problems multinational companies in the apparel industry face, when outsourcing their production to developing countries with inadquate institutions

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    2014-01-01

    This thesis addresses the ethical problems multinational companies in the apparel industry face, when outsourcing their production to developing countries with inadequate institutions. I will use a case study of Bangladesh, to reveal the actions of Primark, Kappahl and the Benetton Group. These companies will be evaluated in light of three ma...

  5. Redundant drive current imbalance problem of the Automatic Radiator Inspection Device (ARID)

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    Latino, Carl D.

    1992-09-01

    The Automatic Radiator Inspection Device (ARID) is a 4 Degree of Freedom (DOF) robot with redundant drive motors at each joint. The device is intended to automate the labor intensive task of space shuttle radiator inspection. For safety and redundancy, each joint is driven by two independent motor systems. Motors driving the same joint, however, draw vastly different currents. The concern was that the robot joints could be subjected to undue stress. It was the objective of this summer's project to determine the cause of this current imbalance. In addition it was to determine, in a quantitative manner, what was the cause, how serious the problem was in terms of damage or undue wear to the robot and find solutions if possible. It was concluded that most problems could be resolved with a better motor control design. This document discusses problems encountered and possible solutions.

  6. Ecotourism in nature reserves in China: current situation,problems and solutions

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    LUO Ju-chun; ZHENG Jing-ming

    2008-01-01

    Our presentation focuses on some important issues associated with ecotourism in nature reserves in mainland China. Conducting ecotourism in certain areas in nature reserves is important for its protection. However, some problems do exist because of special conditions in our society and in the current projects of nature reserves themselves, such as water and air pollution, unplanned construction of roads and facilities, damage of core zones and buffer zones, and confused ownership of nature reserves. These problems are discussed and solutions are proposed in detail, and we emphasize the participation of local communities in order to help residents fight against poverty.

  7. [Current problems and challenges in the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer in China].

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    Wang, Jianping; Wang, Lei

    2014-06-01

    In the past 20 years, researches regarding colorectal cancer have experienced unprecedented boom in China. However, a seris problems have been exposed, including a rapid increase in morbility, the geographical limitations of tumor screening, nonstandard diagnosis and treatment, very limited mechanism researches, and lack of randomized controlled clinical trials with Chinese characteristics. This article puts forward some main emphases of the current work, based on the above problems and challenges, in order to improve the overall level of the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer in China.

  8. Internal end-effect problem in a linear asynchronous MHD machine with arbitrary current load

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    Vilnitis, A.Ya.

    1977-01-01

    The internal end-effect problem in a bilateral linear asynchronous engine is solved by variation of constants for a surface current load of any type, including discrete conductors. Mathematically correct formulae for this case are given for computing the mechanical force on wound coils and the active power. Known methods of end-effect compensation are examined. The requirements for the surface load of inductors were found for the case where the requirements may be limited to an internal problem and scattering along the magnetic circuit ends.

  9. 血液透析面临的问题与挑战%The problem and challenge faced by hemodialysis

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    孙雪峰

    2015-01-01

    虽然血液透析应用于临床治疗已经90余年,成为急、慢性肾衰竭的最主要治疗手段,但仍然存在许多问题与挑战。在我国,伴随血液透析患者的快速增加,将给我国医疗保障体系带来严重挑战,亟待加快社会资金参入和培养合格的血液透析医护人员。从血液透析的基本技术层面看,血液透析开始的最佳时机?血管通路是否一定要优先选择血管内瘘?血液透析患者的适宜透析液钙浓度?目前尚存争议。从血液透析并发症防治层面看,透析患者血压控制靶目标?甲状旁腺激素控制的靶目标?目前也无定论。本文将结合现有文献证据进行评述,为临床医生的临床实践提供借鉴。%Although hemodialysis has been applied to clinical treatment for more than 90 years and become the main treatment for patients with acute and chronic renal failures,nephrologists are still faced with many problems and challenges.The rapid increase of hemodialysis patients in our country will bring serious challenges to China′s health care,which is in urgent need of being supported by more social capital participation and cultivation of qualified hemodialysis medical workers.There are still controversies.From the basic technical level of hemodialysis:when is the best time for hemodialysis initiation?Is intravascular fistula definitely the first choice of vascular access?What is the suitable calcium concentration of dialysate for hemodialysis patients?Besides,from the aspect of prevention and treatment of hemodialysis complications in dialysis patients:what is the target of blood pressure control?How about the target for parathyroid hormone control?In this article,the existing literature evidence was reviewed in order to provide reference for clinical doctors in clinical practice.

  10. [Neuroethics of pharmaceutical cognitive enhancement: the first ten years: current problems and practical guiding principles].

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    Metzinger, T K

    2012-01-01

    An evaluating survey of the development of the neuroethics of pharmaceutical cognitive enhancement (PCE) during the last decade, focussing on the situation in Germany, has been undertaken. This article presents the most important conceptual problems, current substances and central ethical and legal issues. Very first guidelines and recommendations for policy-makers are formulated at the end of the text. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  11. On the Inverse EEG Problem for a 1D Current Distribution

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    George Dassios

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Albanese and Monk (2006 have shown that, it is impossible to recover the support of a three-dimensional current distribution within a conducting medium from the knowledge of the electric potential outside the conductor. On the other hand, it is possible to obtain the support of a current which lives in a subspace of dimension lower than three. In the present work, we actually demonstrate this possibility by assuming a one-dimensional current distribution supported on a small line segment having arbitrary location and orientation within a uniform spherical conductor. The immediate representation of this problem refers to the inverse problem of electroencephalography (EEG with a linear current distribution and the spherical model of the brain-head system. It is shown that the support is identified through the solution of a nonlinear algebraic system which is investigated thoroughly. Numerical tests show that this system has exactly one real solution. Exact solutions are analytically obtained for a couple of special cases.

  12. Existence and uniqueness for one-phase Stefan problems of non-classical heat equations with temperature boundary condition at a fixed face

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    Adriana C. Briozzo

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available We prove the existence and uniqueness, local in time, of a solution for a one-phase Stefan problem of a non-classical heat equation for a semi-infinite material with temperature boundary condition at the fixed face. We use the Friedman-Rubinstein integral representation method and the Banach contraction theorem in order to solve an equivalent system of two Volterra integral equations.

  13. A practical solution in delineating thin conducting structures and suppression problem in direct current resistivity sounding

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    Shashi Prakash Sharma; Arkoprovo Biswas

    2013-08-01

    In hard rock areas, conventional apparent resistivity measurement using Schlumberger resistivity sounding fails to detect thin conducting structures (2-D and 3-D fractures filled with groundwater and mineral aggregate) concealed at a large depth. In the present study, an attempt is made to way-out the detection problem of deep seated thin conducting layer. It is proposed to study the apparent conductance simultaneously with resistivity sounding to detect such conductive zones qualitatively. Apparent conductance is defined as the magnitude of current flowing in the subsurface for a unit applied voltage through current electrodes. Even though such measurement is of qualitative importance, it gives extremely valuable information for the presence of conductive zones at depth in challenging hard rock terrain. It has been observed that apparent conductance increases significantly when groundwater bearing fractures and conductive bodies are encountered in the subsurface. Field data from different locations are presented to demonstrate the efficacy of such measurement. The measurement assists to the conventional resistivity sounding for successful prediction of groundwater zones at large depth in different hard rock areas and is of enormous importance. The approach is also used for possible solution of suppression problem in the DC resistivity sounding when intermediate layer is not reflected in the resistivity sounding curve. Finally, the approach can be used together with resistivity sounding to solve many practical problems.

  14. Prevalence, putative mechanisms, and current management of sleep problems during chemotherapy for cancer

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    Palesh O

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Oxana Palesh,1 Luke Peppone,2 Pasquale F Innominato,3–5 Michelle Janelsins,2 Monica Jeong,1 Lisa Sprod,7 Josee Savard,6 Max Rotatori,1 Shelli Kesler,1 Melinda Telli,1 Karen Mustian21Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA; 2University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, USA; 3INSERM, UMRS 776, Biological Rhythms and Cancers, Villejuif, France; 4Faculty of Medicine, Universite Paris Sud, le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France; 5APHP, Chronotherapy Unit, Department of Oncology, Paul Brousse Hospital, Villejuif, France; 6Laval University, Quebec, Canada; 7University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC, USAAbstract: Sleep problems are highly prevalent in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. This article reviews existing evidence on etiology, associated symptoms, and management of sleep problems associated with chemotherapy treatment during cancer. It also discusses limitations and methodological issues of current research. The existing literature suggests that subjectively and objectively measured sleep problems are the highest during the chemotherapy phase of cancer treatments. A possibly involved mechanism reviewed here includes the rise in the circulating proinflammatory cytokines and the associated disruption in circadian rhythm in the development and maintenance of sleep dysregulation in cancer patients during chemotherapy. Various approaches to the management of sleep problems during chemotherapy are discussed with behavioral intervention showing promise. Exercise, including yoga, also appear to be effective and safe at least for subclinical levels of sleep problems in cancer patients. Numerous challenges are associated with conducting research on sleep in cancer patients during chemotherapy treatments and they are discussed in this review. Dedicated intervention trials, methodologically sound and sufficiently powered, are needed to test current and novel treatments of sleep problems in cancer patients

  15. Advanced model of eddy-current NDE inverse problem with sparse grid algorithm

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    Zhou, Liming; Sabbagh, Harold A.; Sabbagh, Elias H.; Murphy, R. Kim; Bernacchi, William

    2017-02-01

    In model-based inverse problem, some unknown parameters need to be estimated. These parameters are used not only to characterize the physical properties of cracks, but also to describe the position of the probes (such as lift off and angles) in the calibration. After considering the effect of the position of the probes in the inverse problem, the accuracy of the inverse result will be improved. With increasing the number of the parameters in the inverse problems, the burden of calculations will increase exponentially in the traditional full grid method. The sparse grid algorithm, which was introduced by Sergey A. Smolyak, was used in our work. With this algorithm, we obtain a powerful interpolation method that requires significantly fewer support nodes than conventional interpolation on a full grid. In this work, we combined sparse grid toolbox TASMANIAN, which is produced by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and professional eddy-current NDE software, VIC-3D R◯, to solve a specific inverse problem. An advanced model based on our previous one is used to estimate length and depth of the crack, lift off and two angles of the position of probes. Considering the calibration process, pseudorandom noise is considered in the model and statistical behavior is discussed.

  16. Current Situation,Problems and Countermeasures of World Heritage Protection in China

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    The development of World Heritage protection in China can be characterized by four facts,which are the increasing number,the domination of cultural heritages,the uneven spatial distribution,and the abundant candidate reserve for nomination.Currently,the problems of the dislocation of understanding,the absence of planning,the disorder of management,the lack of relevant institutions still exist in the field of World Heritage protection,aiming at which,the author puts forward some countermeasures,such as completing legislation system,carrying out scientific planning,implementing hierarchical and assorted administration,strengthening supervision,increasing investments,and enhancing propaganda and education.

  17. CONVERGENCE OF AN ALTERNATING A-φ SCHEME FOR QUASI-MAGNETOSTATIC EDDY CURRENT PROBLEM

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    Chang-feng Ma

    2004-01-01

    We propose in this paper an alternating A-φ method for the quasi-magnetostatic eddy current problem by means of finite element approximations. Bounds for continuous and discrete error in finite time are given. And it is verified that provided the time step τ is sufficiently small, the proposed algorithm yields for finite time T an error of (h + τ1/2)in the L2-norm for the magnetic field H(=μ-1△× A), where h is the mesh size, μ the magnetic permeability.

  18. COUETTE FLOW PROBLEM FOR AN UNSTEADY MHD THIRD-GRADE FLUID WITH HALL CURRENTS

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    Muhammad Azram

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: In this work, we analyze Coutte flow problem for an unsteady mangneto-hydrodynamic (MHD third-grade fluid in the presence of a pressure gradient and Hall currnts. Existing literature on the topic shows that the effecs of Hall current on Coutte flow of an unsteady MHD third-grade fluid with a prssure gradient has not yet been investigated. The arising non-linear problem is solved by the homotopy analysis method (HAM and the convergence of the obtained complex series solution is carefully analyzed. The effects of pressure number, Hartmann number and Hall parameter on unsteady velocity are discussed via analysis of plots. ABSTRAK: Kajian dijalan untuk menganalisa masalah aliran Coutte bagi bendalir MHD gred ketiga dan arus Hall. Bagi topik ini kesan arus Hall terhadap aliran Couette dalam bendalir MHD gred ketiga tak mantap dengan kecerunan tekanan, belum pernah dikaji selidik.  Masalah tak linear berbangkit diselesaikan dengan kaedah analisis homotopi (HAM dan ketumpuan solusi rangkaian kompleks dianalisa dengan teliti. Kesan nilai tekanan, nombor Hartmann dan parameter Hall terhadap halaju tak mantap diperbincangkan melalui plot yang dianalisis.KEYWORDS: Cuette; flow; hall currents; unsteady; third-grade fluid; HAM 

  19. CURRENT STATE AND PROBLEMS OF DEVELOPMENT OF THE WATER MANAGEMENT IN THE SOUTH OF RUSSIA

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    Full Text Available Aim. The aim is to give a current and retrospective assessment of the state of water resources in the South of Russia and identify key problems in their use.Methods. Based on the analysis of dynamic and territorial series of data presented in government reports and the Central Statistical Database of the Federal State Statistics Service, we conducted diagnostic studies of the current and dynamic state of water resources use in the sub-federal units of the Russian Federation.Findings. The key problems in the functioning of the water sector in the southern regions are: natural water scarcity, large-scale transfers and artificial regulation of the river flows, significant loss of water during transport, large-scale discharge of contaminated sewage and poor quality of water. A significant interregional asymmetry in the water sector of the South of Russia is being tested.Conclusions. The key water-related contradiction in the South of the Russian Federation lies in the high water intensity of the meta-regional economy due to agricultural specialization, limited opportunities for the use of circulating systems, as well as significant losses of water during transportation in conditions of naturally caused scarcity and poor quality of potable waters. 

  20. Treatment of multi-word lexical items in the dictionary: the current situation and the potential problems facing dictionary users

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    Full Text Available In this article, we first discuss the inclusion of idioms in the latest printed editions of monolingual learner’s dictionaries; we then consider and evaluate the success of look-up operations in connection with the recognition of the correct part of speech. The central part of the article discusses and justifies the macro- and microstructural treatment of multi-word lexical items. Finally, we address the issue of including idioms in the microstructure as special senses of the lemma, as usage examples and/or in the idioms section. The inclusion and treatment of multi-word lexical items depends on the needs of potential dictionary users. Lexicographers should therefore strive to adopt a pragmatic approach that would help the user to locate a multi-word lexical item with minimal effort. When compiling a bilingual dictionary, contrastive differences between source and target languages should also be taken into consideration. http://dx.doi.org/10.5128/ERYa7.15

  1. Finite element solution of nonlinear eddy current problems with periodic excitation and its industrial applications.

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    Bíró, Oszkár; Koczka, Gergely; Preis, Kurt

    2014-05-01

    An efficient finite element method to take account of the nonlinearity of the magnetic materials when analyzing three-dimensional eddy current problems is presented in this paper. The problem is formulated in terms of vector and scalar potentials approximated by edge and node based finite element basis functions. The application of Galerkin techniques leads to a large, nonlinear system of ordinary differential equations in the time domain. The excitations are assumed to be time-periodic and the steady-state periodic solution is of interest only. This is represented either in the frequency domain as a finite Fourier series or in the time domain as a set of discrete time values within one period for each finite element degree of freedom. The former approach is the (continuous) harmonic balance method and, in the latter one, discrete Fourier transformation will be shown to lead to a discrete harmonic balance method. Due to the nonlinearity, all harmonics, both continuous and discrete, are coupled to each other. The harmonics would be decoupled if the problem were linear, therefore, a special nonlinear iteration technique, the fixed-point method is used to linearize the equations by selecting a time-independent permeability distribution, the so-called fixed-point permeability in each nonlinear iteration step. This leads to uncoupled harmonics within these steps. As industrial applications, analyses of large power transformers are presented. The first example is the computation of the electromagnetic field of a single-phase transformer in the time domain with the results compared to those obtained by traditional time-stepping techniques. In the second application, an advanced model of the same transformer is analyzed in the frequency domain by the harmonic balance method with the effect of the presence of higher harmonics on the losses investigated. Finally a third example tackles the case of direct current (DC) bias in the coils of a single-phase transformer.

  2. A steady state solution for ditch drainage problem with special reference to seepage face and unsaturated zone flow contribution: Derivation of a new drainage spacing eqaution

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    Yousfi, Ammar; Mechergui, Mohammed

    2016-04-01

    The seepage face is an important feature of the drainage process when recharge occurs to a permeable region with lateral outlets. Examples of the formation of a seepage face above the downstream water level include agricultural land drained by ditches. Flow problem to these drains has been investigated extensively by many researchers (e.g. Rubin, 1968; Hornberger et al. 1969; Verma and Brutsaert, 1970; Gureghian and Youngs, 1975; Vauclin et al., 1975; Skaggs and Tang, 1976; Youngs, 1990; Gureghian, 1981; Dere, 2000; Rushton and Youngs, 2010; Youngs, 2012; Castro-Orgaz et al., 2012) and may be tackled either using variably saturated flow models, or the complete 2-D solution of Laplace equation, or using the Dupuit-Forchheimer approximation; the most widely accepted methods to obtain analytical solutions for unconfined drainage problems. However, the investigation reported by Clement et al. (1996) suggest that accounting for the seepage face alone, as in the fully saturated flow model, does not improve the discharge estimate because of disregarding flow the unsaturated zone flow contribution. This assumption can induce errors in the location of the water table surface and results in an underestimation of the seepage face and the net discharge (e.g. Skaggs and Tang, 1976; Vauclin et al., 1979; Clement et al., 1996). The importance of the flow in the unsaturated zone has been highlighted by many authors on the basis of laboratory experiments and/or numerical experimentations (e.g. Rubin, 1968; Verma and Brutsaert, 1970; Todsen, 1973; Vauclin et al., 1979; Ahmad et al., 1993; Anguela, 2004; Luthin and Day, 1955; Shamsai and Narasimhan, 1991; Wise et al., 1994; Clement et al., 1996; Boufadel et al., 1999; Romano et al., 1999; Kao et al., 2001; Kao, 2002). These studies demonstrate the failure of fully saturated flow models and suggested that the error made when using these models not only depends on soil properties but also on the infiltration rate as reported by Kao et

  3. Current Problems of Food Safety in Terms of Russia Membership in World Trade Organization

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Food industry stirs close interest of researches due to the extension and deepening of the problems of ecologic, microbiologic, epidemiologic safety of food industry and intake, determined by many social, anthropogenic and natural factors: change of human food ration; world economy globalization and, in particular, food market due to the penetration of pathogens, toxins into the new territories; adaptation of pathogenic agents to food storage conditions and new factors of transmission and other reasons. As a result, food-borne diseases significantly determine the increase of infectious and non-infectious pathologies in the world, including economically developed countries. The paper presents the data on the existing systems of catering risk control, current data on the role of some food pathogens in alimentary outbreaks, offers measures to increase food safety in the Russian Federation on both national and federal levels in terms of its membership in World Trade Organization.

  4. The transition matrix method for a 2D eddy current interaction problem

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    Larsson, Lars; Rosell, Anders

    2012-05-01

    A 2D model of the eddy current interaction problem that consists of an inhomogeneity in a conductive half space is presented. The applied analytical method of solution is the transition (T) matrix method. This involves use of the free space Green's function to generate a system of boundary integral relations. In this way, it is easy to identify the contributions to the total solution from each different scattering surface. The different parts are separated also in the computation of the impedance. This leads to low cost simulations in terms of computation time and qualify the method to be used to obtain probability of detection (POD) curves. The T matrix method is a building block method and the possibility to extend the geometry with several inhomogeneities and extra layers will be discussed. The model is compared with a Finite Element (FE) model and numerical examples for the case with a cylindrical inhomogeneity are given.

  5. Hybrid vehicle characteristics and problems facing the development of research%混合动力汽车特点及发展面临问题研究

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    田宝春

    2013-01-01

    文章总结了各种类型电动汽车的优缺点,阐述了混合动力汽车三种类型的结构特点和工作原理,并分析了混合动力电动汽车发展所面临的问题。%Article summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of various types of electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles described three types of structural characteristics and working principle, and analyzes the hybrid electric vehicle develop-ment problems faced.

  6. A discrete geometric formulation for eddy-current problems in fusion devices

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    Bettini, Paolo; Furno Palumbo, Maurizio; Specogna, Ruben

    2014-03-01

    All thermonuclear controlled fusion devices under construction or design have such high performances to require a special care in the dimensioning of various components, specifically from the electromagnetic point of view. To this purpose, it is fundamental to develop models which are both accurate (i.e. able to describe the physical phenomena) and predictive (i.e. useful not only to explain what happens in running experiments, but also to reliably extrapolate to other range of parameters). The dynamics of fusion plasmas is often conveniently described by Magneto-Hydro-Dynamics (MHD) equations, which predict that some unstable evolution modes may exist. On the other hand, the complexity of the intrinsically 3D model of the interactions between a realistic unstable plasma, the surrounding passive structures (important to guarantee a good MHD stability) and the active conductors (coils) require the numerical solution of challenging electromagnetic problems. In this work a discrete geometric formulation for eddy-current problems in the frequency domain is developed; the magnetic fields produced by a typical active coil system is calculated in the presence of 3D conductive structures.

  7. Current Development of Meat-Processing Industry in Ukraine: Tendencies, Problems and Strategies for Solution

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    Kateryna Vlasova

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This article describes the current state of all meat-processing companies in Ukraine by using such indexes as the main measures for it: number of employees involved in this particular industry and whole processing industry, number of companies in an industry etc. An author suggests to study self-sufficiency of main products as a result of activity of meat-processing companies in domestic market and a dynamics of trade balance by different meat types as a result/ success on international market. The given analysis pay attention to main problems in the industry: negative trade balance, lack of production in strategic spheres, higher prices of imported goods compared to cheaper national product. A structure of export was compared to its import to identify most unbalanced categories in home market. An analysis of geographical structure of export/import operations showed a disproportion that can bring to constant negative transformation of meat-processing industry. A number of strategies to overcome these problems is proposed.

  8. Is Linguistic Identity Becoming a Problem Facing English Linguistic Imperialism--Seen from the Development and History of English language

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    Chen Jiliang; Tan Zhuxiu

    2015-01-01

    English language has undergone a long-term development and now it has become an international language. The wide spread of English contributes greatly to its status as an internationally dominating language which results in the linguistic imperialism and the loss of linguistic identity for many people speaking other languages.Their linguistic identity is becoming a problem now.

  9. The current status and problems confronted in delivering precision medicine in Japan and Europe.

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    Bando, Hideaki

    Precision medicine has been defined as "a predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory health care service delivery model." Today, developments in next-generation sequencing and information technology have made precision medicine possible, with massive amounts of genetic, "omics," clinical, environmental, and lifestyle data now available. Unfortunately, differences in governmental support and health care regulations have resulted in heterogeneous progress among countries. In Japan, for example, precision cancer screening and treatments are increasingly being promoted, with collaboration among research, governmental, and pharmaceutical agencies taking place in the nationwide SCRUM-Japan cancer genome screening project. The missions of SCRUM-Japan are to deliver the most appropriate therapeutic agents to the most suitable patients, and to play key roles in the development of multiplex diagnostic products and new indications for targeted therapy. Starting in February 2015 and ending in March 2017, the aim is to enroll 4750 patients with cancer (2350 patients with lung cancer and 2400 patients with gastrointestinal tract cancer). Compared with other developed countries, investments in scientific innovation for biomedical and omics research are matched or even surpassed in Europe, but regulatory differences in each countries are a major hurdle to rapid implementation. Although market approval for pharmaceuticals is centralized through the European Medicines Agency, access to health care is heterogeneously regulated at national levels, which undermines the consistency, comparability, and quality of precision medicine for cancer patients in Europe. In this review, we focus on the current progress of precision medicine in Japan and Europe, and clarify the differences in progress and the hurdles faced moving forward. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. An Official American Thoracic Society Research Statement : Current Challenges Facing Research and Therapeutic Advances in Airway Remodeling

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    Prakash, Y S; Halayko, Andrew J; Gosens, Reinoud; Panettieri Jr., Reynold A; Camoretti-Mercado, Blanca; Penn, Raymond B; Burgess, Janette K

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    BACKGROUND: Airway remodeling (AR) is a prominent feature of asthma and other obstructive lung diseases that is minimally affected by current treatments. The goals of this Official American Thoracic Society (ATS) Research Statement are to discuss the scientific, technological, economic, and

  11. An Official American Thoracic Society Research Statement : Current Challenges Facing Research and Therapeutic Advances in Airway Remodeling

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    Prakash, Y S; Halayko, Andrew J; Gosens, Reinoud; Panettieri Jr., Reynold A; Camoretti-Mercado, Blanca; Penn, Raymond B; Burgess, Janette K

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Airway remodeling (AR) is a prominent feature of asthma and other obstructive lung diseases that is minimally affected by current treatments. The goals of this Official American Thoracic Society (ATS) Research Statement are to discuss the scientific, technological, economic, and regulato

  12. A study of some political problems considering current geographical analytical parameters

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    Héctor Adolfo Dupuy

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper intends to study some of the main problems presented, on different scales, by current politics, considering the spatial implications as well as various parameters offered lately by the geographical science. The proposal is supported by the theoretical bases developed from Emmanuel Wallerstein and Peter Taylor's statement about a world system structured as a world economy, based on the capitalist mode of production. Conversely, it attempts to provide a theoretical explanation for the dynamics experienced by the territories upon thee basis of such world system's mechanics. According to these assumptions, an analysis is proposed of some of the main phenomena resulting from the previous analysis and its spatial implications, such as the current power relations in the system, the subsistence of traditional power factors (Nation-states, ethnically based cultural configurations and the appearance of new ones (the forming of transnational blocs and associations, new social movements, new forms of local participation, the importance of hegemonic and counter-hegemonic discourses in the construction of symbolic representations and of the mass media in such processes or the new cultural identity and hybridization chart from population mobility.

  13. Current identification in vacuum circuit breakers as a least squares problem*

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    Ghezzi Luca

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, a magnetostatic inverse problem is solved, in order to reconstruct the electric current distribution inside high voltage, vacuum circuit breakers from measurements of the outside magnetic field. The (rectangular final algebraic linear system is solved in the least square sense, by involving a regularized singular value decomposition of the system matrix. An approximated distribution of the electric current is thus returned, without the theoretical problem which is encountered with optical methods of matching light to temperature and finally to current density. The feasibility is justified from the computational point of view as the (industrial goal is to evaluate whether, or to what extent in terms of accuracy, a given experimental set-up (number and noise level of sensors is adequate to work as a “magnetic camera” for a given circuit breaker. Dans cet article, on résout un problème inverse magnétostatique pour déterminer la distribution du courant électrique dans le vide d’un disjoncteur à haute tension à partir des mesures du champ magnétique extérieur. Le système algébrique (rectangulaire final est résolu au sens des moindres carrés en faisant appel à une décomposition en valeurs singulières regularisée de la matrice du système. On obtient ainsi une approximation de la distribution du courant électrique sans le problème théorique propre des méthodes optiques qui est celui de relier la lumière à la température et donc à la densité du courant. La faisabilité est justifiée d’un point de vue numérique car le but (industriel est d’évaluer si, ou à quelle précision, un dispositif expérimental donné (nombre et seuil limite de bruit des senseurs peut travailler comme une “caméra magnétique” pour un certain disjoncteur.

  14. PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS AND STRESS FACED BY SOLDIERS WHO OPERATE IN ASYMMETRIC WARFARE ENVIRONMENTS: EXPERIENCES IN THE FIELD

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    Giuseppe CAFORIO

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    Full Text Available This article deals with the problems of anxiety, stress and psychological discomfort that can affect soldiers sent on asymmetric warfare operations. It is based on secondary analysis of the data of two important field researches whose results have recently (2013 been published. Although the two researches adopted different methodologies, the testimonies are fully comparable and show that soldiers from different countries and cultures display common or similar reactions when they are placed in the stress conditions that the asymmetric environment involves. The approach of the paper is drawn up in such a way as to make the reader a participating observer of the reality of such missions. It is therefore centered on the personal testimonies of the soldiers interviewed in the two researches, testimonies reported just as they are, in their simplicity and, often, drama, with comments by the author kept to a minimum in order to give readers ample opportunity to evaluate and interpret the reported texts on their own. The research data, drawn from the declarations of those directly concerned, reveal the existence of a problem of psychological distress resulting from deployment in asymmetric warfare situations that is in part different in the causes of the problems resulting from deployment in traditional combat and affects percentages of participating soldiers that are not high but definitely significant. The highest incidence appears to be constituted by problems relating to reintegration into normal social and working life upon returning from the mission. This is followed in percentage terms by anxiety situations relating to life far from the family, due in large part to a sense of powerlessness for the scant possibility of managing family situations that may have cropped up or already existed beforehand.

  15. Influence of near-shore marine structures in a beach nourishment project on tidal currents in Haitan Bay, facing the Taiwan Strait

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    顾杰; 马悦; 王彬谕; Jueyi SUI; 匡翠萍; 刘建辉; 雷刚

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    The Longfengtou Beach in the Haitan Bay, located in Fujian Province of China and facing the Haitan Strait, has been suffering severe erosion due to the construction of seawalls. A simple beach nourishment project implemented has not achieved the anticipated beach restoration. Thus a practical solution has to rely on a combination with near-shore marine structures. In this study, a 2-D calibrated flow model is set up to investigate the effects of three different layouts of near-shore marine structures on the tidal current. It is shown that the breakwaters situated in both the north and south ends play a vital part in the protection against erosion. The offshore breakwaters can serve as a barrier to obstruct the current circulation then reduce the current velocity. The groyne linking the Guimo islet and the coast significantly reduces the south-to-north water exchange through the channel and redirects the current direction nearly perpendicular to the north breakwater, which cuts off the longshore transport that may have a negative influence on the beach, especially, the northern part. It is also noted that the monsoon at the site with different directions increases the current velocity. In general, proper layouts of marine structures can reduce the current velocity thus lead to less intense sand transport near the beach.

  16. Schema Wars: Conflicts between Heavy TV Viewers and Heavy Church Attendees as to "The Most Important Problem Facing America Today."

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    Johnson, Edward A.

    Noting that several current communication theories suggest that the media have a "persuasive" effect on American society, a study compared the effects of two media (the electronic medium of television and the spoken medium of the homily) and whether these media have different effects on their audience's perceptions of reality. A national phone…

  17. What makes people decide who to turn to when faced with a mental health problem? Results from a French survey

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    Kovess-Masféty Viviane

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The unequal use of mental health care is a great issue, even in countries with universal health coverage. Better knowledge of the factors that have an impact on the pathway to mental health care may be a great help for designing education campaigns and for best organizing health care delivery. The objective of this study is to explore the determinants of help-seeking intentions for mental health problems and which factors influence treatment opinions and the reliance on and compliance with health professionals' advice. Methods 441 adults aged 18 to 70 were randomly selected from the general population of two suburban districts near Paris and agreed to participate in the study (response rate = 60.4%. The 412 respondents with no mental health problems based on the CIDI-SF and the CAGE, who had not consulted for a mental health problem in the previous year, were asked in detail about their intentions to seek help in case of a psychological disorder and about their opinion of mental health treatments. The links between the respondents' characteristics and intentions and opinions were explored. Results More than half of the sample (57.8% would see their general practitioner (GP first and 46.6% would continue with their GP for follow-up. Mental health professionals were mentioned far less than GPs. People who would choose their GP first were older and less educated, whereas those who would favor mental health specialists had lower social support. For psychotherapy, respondents were split equally between seeing a GP, a psychiatrist or a psychologist. People were reluctant to take psychotropic drugs, but looked favorably on psychotherapy. Conclusion GPs are often the point of entry into the mental health care system and need to be supported. Public information campaigns about mental health care options and treatments are needed to educate the public, eliminate the stigma of mental illness and eliminate prejudices.

  18. Sleep and Recovery in Team Sport: Current Sleep-Related Issues Facing Professional Team-Sport Athletes.

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    Fullagar, Hugh H K; Duffield, Rob; Skorski, Sabrina; Coutts, Aaron J; Julian, Ross; Meyer, Tim

    2015-11-01

    While the effects of sleep loss on performance have previously been reviewed, the effects of disturbed sleep on recovery after exercise are less reported. Specifically, the interaction between sleep and physiological and psychological recovery in team-sport athletes is not well understood. Accordingly, the aim of the current review was to examine the current evidence on the potential role sleep may play in postexercise recovery, with a tailored focus on professional team-sport athletes. Recent studies show that team-sport athletes are at high risk of poor sleep during and after competition. Although limited published data are available, these athletes also appear particularly susceptible to reductions in both sleep quality and sleep duration after night competition and periods of heavy training. However, studies examining the relationship between sleep and recovery in such situations are lacking. Indeed, further observational sleep studies in team-sport athletes are required to confirm these concerns. Naps, sleep extension, and sleep-hygiene practices appear advantageous to performance; however, future proof-of-concept studies are now required to determine the efficacy of these interventions on postexercise recovery. Moreover, more research is required to understand how sleep interacts with numerous recovery responses in team-sport environments. This is pertinent given the regularity with which these teams encounter challenging scenarios during the course of a season. Therefore, this review examines the factors that compromise sleep during a season and after competition and discusses strategies that may help improve sleep in team-sport athletes.

  19. Current problems in national hospitals of Phnom Penh: finance and health care.

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    Uy, Sophoat; Akashi, Hidechika; Taki, Kazumi; Ito, Katsuki

    2007-01-01

    The current problems in Cambodia's national hospitals subsist in a geographic imbalance in the location of staff and health facilities, and low staff motivation largely due to inadequate payment. This paper aims to investigate the associations among hospital performance, hospital finances, and other related issues in five national hospitals in Phnom Penh, using annual reports of the five hospitals and annual statistics of the Ministry of Health, from 2000 to 2004. The bed occupancy rates (BOR), average lengths of stay (ALS), hospital mortality rates (HMR), maternal and neonatal mortality rates, numbers of patients, main health problems of inpatients, numbers of health personnel, staff incentives, and annual hospital income were used in this study as indicators of five hospitals in Phnom Penh city. The ALS varied from 3.8 to 9 days. The numbers of health personnel (physician, medical assistant, secondary nurses, primary nurses, secondary midwives, and primary midwives) per 100 beds were from 114 to 282. Supplemental salary per staff also differed greatly among these hospitals; the salaries were the highest at Calmette hospital (US$ 212.8) and the lowest at Preah Kossamak (US$ 12.4). In the five hospitals, the average BOR was 58.8%, and the mean of total annual income was US$ 1,427,852 per year. Although not significant, there was a tendency for higher supplemental salaries to be associated with higher BOR (Spearman rank correlation coefficient 0.70, p = 0.188). This study showed the differences in the hospital indicators among five national hospitals in Phnom Penh city, and the tendency of higher BOR in the hospitals paying higher supplemental salaries to the staff. Higher supplemental salary to the staff seemed to contribute the better hospital performance.

  20. Australia is Facing a HousingAffordability Crisis: Is the Solution to this Problem the Singapore Model of Housing?

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    John McLaren

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    Full Text Available Australia is pricing young buyers out of the housing market. Unfortunately, debt-free home ownership in the retirement years is a key part of the Australian welfare system. This paper provides one possible solution to the current housing predicament of Australia. In doing so, the paper examines the housing strategy in Singapore, where residents are provided with accommodation at a reasonable cost. This strategy is examined and translated for use in Australia. In conclusion the paper proposes that the Singapore model of home ownership is worthy of consideration by the government of Australia.

  1. Current problems concerning parasitology and mycology with regard to diseases of the skin and its appendages.

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    Błaszkowska, Joanna; Wójcik, Anna

    2012-01-01

    Current issues concerning Parasitology and Mycology with regard to diseases of the skin and its appendages are presented. Aspects of diagnostics, clinical picture and therapy of skin and nail mycoses, as well as difficulties in the diagnosis and treatment of both native parasitoses (toxoplasmosis) and imported human tropical parasitoses (malaria, filariosis) have been emphasised. The clinical importance of environmental mould fungi in nosocomial infections and fungal meningitis, as well as selected properties of fungi isolated from patients with head and neck neoplasms treated by radiotherapy are discussed. Other mycological topics include the characteristics of newly-synthesized thiosemicarbazides and thiadiazoles as potential drugs against toxoplasmosis and their biological activity against Toxoplasma gondii tachyzoites, selected molecular mechanisms of resistance to azoles, Candida albicans strains and a new tool (barcoding DNA) for describing the biodiversity of potential allergenic molds. The importance of environmental factors in pathogenesis of mycoses and parasitoses is noted. The characteristics of pathogenic fungi isolated from natural ponds in Bialystok and potentially pathogenic yeast-like fungi isolated from children's recreation areas in Lodz are presented. The ongoing problem of anthropozoonoses is considered, as are the roles of stray cats and dogs in contaminating soil with the developing forms of intestinal parasites. The characteristics of the human microbiome, including population composition, activity and their importance in normal human physiology, are presented, as are the major goals of the Human Microbiome Project initiated by National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  2. A Survey on Renewable Energy Development in Malaysia: Current Status, Problems and Prospects

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    Alam Syed Shah

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Energy demand in Malaysia is increasing over seven per cent a year, while forty per cent of the energy is supplied from conventional fossil fuel. However, a number of social barriers have mired the social acceptance of renewable energy among the users. This study investigates the current status of renewable energy, problems and future outlook of renewable energy in Malaysia. A total of 200 respondents were surveyed from Klang Valley in Malaysia. Majority of the respondents use energy to generate electricity. Although some respondents reported using solar energy, there is lack of retail availability for solar energy. The findings show that limited information on renewable energy technologies, lack of awareness, and limited private sector engagement emerged as major barriers to sustainable renewable energy development. In addition, the respondents suggest for increasing policy support from the government to make information more accessible to mass users, provide economic incentives to investors and users, and promote small-community based renewable energy projects. The study suggests that the government begin small scale projects to build awareness on renewable energy, while academically, higher learning institutions include renewable energy syllabus in their academic curriculum. The study concluded that to have sustainable renewable energy development, government’s initiative, private sector engagement and users awareness must be given priority.

  3. A Survey on Renewable Energy Development in Malaysia: Current Status, Problems and Prospects

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    Alam, Syed Shah; Nor, Nor Fariza Mohd; Ahmad, Maisarah; Hashim, Nik Hazrul Nik

    2016-05-01

    Energy demand in Malaysia is increasing over seven per cent a year, while forty per cent of the energy is supplied from conventional fossil fuel. However, a number of social barriers have mired the social acceptance of renewable energy among the users. This study investigates the current status of renewable energy, problems and future outlook of renewable energy in Malaysia. A total of 200 respondents were surveyed from Klang Valley in Malaysia. Majority of the respondents use energy to generate electricity. Although some respondents reported using solar energy, there is lack of retail availability for solar energy. The findings show that limited information on renewable energy technologies, lack of awareness, and limited private sector engagement emerged as major barriers to sustainable renewable energy development. In addition, the respondents suggest for increasing policy support from the government to make information more accessible to mass users, provide economic incentives to investors and users, and promote small-community based renewable energy projects. The study suggests that the government begin small scale projects to build awareness on renewable energy, while academically, higher learning institutions include renewable energy syllabus in their academic curriculum. The study concluded that to have sustainable renewable energy development, government's initiative, private sector engagement and users awareness must be given priority.

  4. The Current Status, Problems, and Prospects of Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. Breeding in China

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    Shangli Shi

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    Full Text Available This paper reviews the current status, methodology, achievements, and prospects of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. breeding in China. There are 77 cultivars that have been registered in the country, these include 36 cultivars bred through breeding programs, 17 introduced from overseas, 5 domesticated from wild ecotypes, and 19 through regional collection/breeding programs. Cultivars have been selected for cold resistance, disease resistance, salt tolerance, grazing tolerance, high yield, and early maturity. Most of these cultivars have been developed through conventional breeding techniques, such as selective and cross breeding, and some are now being evaluated that have been developed through the application of transgenic technology. The major problems for alfalfa breeding in China include low success rate, slow progress to breed resistant varieties, lack of breeding materials and their systematic collection, storage and evaluation, lack of advanced breeding techniques, and low adoption rate of new cultivars. There are gaps in alfalfa breeding between China and the developed world. Improvement of alfalfa breeding techniques, development of cultivars with adaptations to different regions within China, and the protection and utilization of alfalfa germplasm resources have been identified as major strategies to improve the efficiency of alfalfa breeding in China.

  5. Problem gambling and the circumstances facing older people : a study of gaming machine players aged 60+ in licensed clubs.

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    Southwell, Jenni; Boreham, Paul; Laffan, Warren

    2008-06-01

    Local gambling venues are an important contemporary context for older people's gambling in many parts of the world typically being more accessible to this segment of the population than traditional, centralised gambling venues, such as casinos. This study, undertaken in South East Queensland, analyses older people's electronic gaming machine (EGM) behaviour and motivations, specifically in the context of licensed social and recreational clubs-a popular local gambling venue in many parts of Australia. The study gathered data via a postal survey of 80 managers of licensed clubs, interviews with Gambling Help services and a survey of 414 people aged 60+ who regularly play EGMs, self-administered on site at local clubs. The analysis undertaken suggests that certain age-related circumstances of older people-such as being without a partner, having a disability that impacts on everyday activities, having a low annual income, and no longer participating in the workforce-are associated with higher overall levels of motivation for playing EGMs and greater reliance on EGMs to meet social, recreational and mental health needs. Over a quarter of the older people surveyed (27%) reported drawing on their savings to fund their EGM gambling. Certain categories of older people, including those who were without a partner and those with a disability, were more likely to report drawing on their savings to fund EGM play and betting more than they could afford to lose, pointing to age-related vulnerabilities older people may experience to the negative impacts of gambling given the greater likelihood of their dependency on smaller, fixed incomes. The explanatory contribution of a range of demographic and motivational variables on problem/moderate risk gambling status was computed via a logistic regression model. Younger age (60-69), male gender, single marital status and being motivated to play EGMs to experience excitement and to win money all emerged as significant predictors in the

  6. O expressionismo de Erwartung diante do problema do fetichismo musical Erwartung's expressionism facing the problem of musical fetishism

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    Erwartung, showing that the problem of convention, objectivism and fetishism still remains in a piece which leads the radicalization of expression through denial of convention to the ultimate consequences.

  7. [Ten years after German unification--current behavioural and emotional problems of adolescents in Germany].

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    von Widdern, Susanne; Hässler, Frank; von Widdern, Olrik; Richter, Jörg

    2004-11-01

    Internalizing and externalizing problems based on Youth Self-Report (YSR) were investigated in an empirical sample of 371 students at the age of 13 until 18 years from common secondary and vocational schools in Rostock (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) in 2000/2001. Considering syndromes in comparison with other german and international empirical studies, internalizing and externalizing problems show high prevalence for both girls and boys. Nearly every fifth student judges themselves as within clinical range for psychiatric problems. Girls reported significant more internalizing problems (social withdrawal, somatic complaints, anxious/depressed). An interaction effect by age and sex for aggressive and delinquent behaviour was found with highest prevalence for boys at age 15/16. The frequency of internalizing problems and attention problems increases with adolescent's age. Low adolescent's education level, parental divorce and big size of siblings were associated with externalizing problems, whereas unemployment of the father was associated with depressive and social problems. Delinquent behaviour and attention problems are the most important predictors for negative school outcome like comparatively bad school achievement and low reading ability. The results suppose a possible increase in psychosocial problems of juvenile persons in eastern Germany one decade after German Unification, indicated the necessity of higher supply for preventive and therapeutic programs.

  8. Parents facing school violence problem. Los padres frente al fenómeno de la violencia escolar

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    Mª del Carmen Pérez

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    It is important to emphasize the role that parents play in their children development process together with their involvement in the emerging antisocial behaviors. That is the reason why parents have been considered, in all researches, as one of the involved agents in school violence, together with teachers and students themselves. From this fact, we can gather that it will be significant to know parents’ opinion on the different questions related to school violence. For this purpose, this research analyses parents’ opinion regarding questions related to school violence such as: the origin, the current situation, the role performed by their own children (aggressors, victims or observers and the people needed to get involved to eliminate this type of behaviors. In order to make this research, we have used the “Predicting factors of school violence Questionnaire for parents” in a sample of 414 fathers/mothers/guardians between 23 and 60 years old; an average age of 41,8 years (DT=5,9. The results show that the majority of parents point out that school violence has risen regarding when they were children. Parents also add that school violence is rising year after year highlighting the social context of the individual as main field which influences in its etiology and considering as necessary the joined intervention of parents and teachers. Parents consider their intervention as more important than teacher’s intervention or parents and teachers joined intervention.

    Keyword: School violence, parents, origin, intervention, prevalence.

    Es importante hacer hincapié en el papel que los padres poseen en el proceso de desarrollo de sus hijos así como su implicación en la emergencia de conductas antisociales. De ahí que sean considerados, en todos los estudios como uno de los agentes implicados en la violencia escolar, junto con los docentes y los propios alumnos. De ello, se desprende que también será significativo conocer

  9. Collaborative problem structuring using MARVEL

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    Veldhuis, G.A.; Scheepstal, P.G.M. van; Rouwette, E.; Logtens, T.W.A.

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    When faced with wicked and messy problems, practitioners can rely on a variety of problem structuring methods (PSMs). Although previous efforts have been made to combine such methods with simulation, currently, few exist that integrate a simulation capability within problem structuring. Our

  10. Some current problems in perovskite nano-ferroelectrics and multiferroics: kinetically-limited systems of finite lateral size

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    Scott, James F.; Schilling, Alina; Rowley, S. E.; Gregg, J. Marty

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    We describe some unsolved problems of current interest; these involve quantum critical points in ferroelectrics and problems which are not amenable to the usual density functional theory, nor to classical Landau free energy approaches (they are kinetically limited), nor even to the Landau-Kittel relationship for domain size (they do not satisfy the assumption of infinite lateral diameter) because they are dominated by finite aperiodic boundary conditions.

  11. Discriminant Phase Component for Face Recognition

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Numerous face recognition techniques have been developed owing to the growing number of real-world applications. Most of current algorithms for face recognition involve considerable amount of computations and hence they cannot be used on devices constrained with limited speed and memory. In this paper, we propose a novel solution for efficient face recognition problem for systems that utilize small memory capacities and demand fast performance. The new technique divides the face images into components and finds the discriminant phases of the Fourier transform of these components automatically using the sequential floating forward search method. A thorough study and comprehensive experiments relating time consumption versus system performance are applied to benchmark face image databases. Finally, the proposed technique is compared with other known methods and evaluated through the recognition rate and the computational time, where we achieve a recognition rate of 98.5% with computational time of 6.4 minutes for a database consisting of 2360 images.

  12. Current problems of dynamics of moons of planets and binary asteroids based on observations

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    Emel'yanov, N. V.

    2017-01-01

    The general approach to studying the dynamics of moons of planets and asteroids consists in developing more and more accurate models of motion based on observational data. Not only the necessary ephemerides, but also some physical parameters of planets and moons are obtained this way. It is demonstrated in the present study that progress in this field is driven not only by the increase in accuracy of observations. The accuracy of ephemerides may be increased by expanding the observation time interval. Several problems arise on the way toward this goal. Some of them become apparent only when the procedure of observational data processing and use is examined in detail. The method used to derive astrometric data by processing the results of photometric observations of mutual occultations and eclipses of planetary moons is explained below. The primary contribution to the error of astrometric results is produced by the unaccounted noise level in photometric readings and the inaccuracy of received values of the albedo of moons. It is demonstrated that the current methods do not allow one to eliminate the noise completely. Extensive additional photometric measurements should be performed at different angles of rotation of moons and in different spectral bands of the visible wavelength range in order to obtain correct values of the albedo of moons. Many new distant moons of the major planets have been discovered in the early 21st century. However, the observations of these moons are scarce and were performed over short time intervals; as a result, some of the moons were lost. The necessity of further observations of these Solar System bodies is pointed out in the present study. Insufficient knowledge of asteroid masses is an obstacle to improving the accuracy of the ephemerides of Mars. The basic method for determining the masses of large asteroids consists in analyzing their influence on the motion of Mars, the Earth, and spacecraft. The masses of more than 100 large

  13. Current Trends and Problems of Development of the Arctic Marine Freight Traffic

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    Vladimir Stepanovich Selin

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The article analyzes the trends and evaluates the prospects of functioning of the Northern Sea Route. It shows that after the change of its management model its freight traffic has dropped 4-fold, and in the Eastern sector (outside the Vilkitsky Strait – 40-fold. In the recent years there has been a certain revival of transportation, including transit, which reached its maximum of 1.27 million tons in 2012. However, over the next two years they declined again; the drop was particularly significant in 2014 and amounted to a total of 240 thousand tons. The main problem is that this rather complex system is influenced by many factors, often contradictory and poorly predictable. Thus, the growing need for energy resources determines the overall need for developing the Arctic shelf. However, the possibility of climate cooling and the deterioration of ice situation can influence the possibility of transporting these resources. Besides, the Ukrainian crisis followed by the “war of sanctions” will cause a significant decline, especially in the medium term, the attractiveness of the European oil and gas market, which will cause the shift of strategic interests of Russian companies to the Asia-Pacific region. This necessitates the modernization of the Arctic transport and logistics system and introduction of new technical solutions. For instance, even nuclearpowered icebreakers series LA-60Ya that are currently under construction will not be able to escort linear tankers and gas carriers with a deadweight of more than 100 thousand tons along the eastern sector of the Northern Sea Route. It is necessary to create more powerful vessels of the classical type or to design new models. All these driving forces and constraints are not always predictable within the framework of standard economic and statistical approaches. In this regard, the study reflected in the article used expert approaches along with the methods of factor and economic analysis. The

  14. Courses for tutors in problem-based learning. Current challenges at four Swedish universities

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    Helen Susan Setterud

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The key role of the tutor in problem-based learning (PBL is to help students become selfregulated learners. Tutors need training to acquire the necessary facilitating skills for this task. The aim of this article is to describe and discuss how PBL tutor training is currently arranged at four universities in Sweden: Linköping University, Lund Medical Faculty, Uppsala Medical School and Örebro School of Medicine. Moreover, we seek to analyse how the content and format of the tutor training courses correspond to the desired skills and competencies for PBL tutors described in the literature. We draw especially on work coming out of three pioneering universities for PBL: McMaster University, Canada; Maastricht University, The Netherlands; and Linköping University, Sweden. One aim has been to construct a framework for analysis that uses categories specifying the knowledge base, capabilities and skills to support students’ learning processes which characterise the full-fledged PBL tutor. For this framework, we have used the following categories: Knowledge of PBL and pedagogical theories, Personal traits, Student-centeredness, Ability to handle group processes, and Subject knowledge. We collected descriptions of the course design and content from the four universities, and assessed to what extent these categories were represented within the courses. Our results show that all categories inform the course content at all four universities, though the design varies between courses. In summary, we show that the four PBL tutor training courses are all designed to enable participants to experience PBL first-hand both as members of a tutorial group and as tutors. They all also include a theoretical base and offer opportunities for discussion and reflection with peers; however, there are some differences in design between the courses. According to participants, all four courses provide good preparation for the tutor role. Yet, we see a need for the

  15. THE POTENTIAL OF APPLYING UTILITARIANISM IN BUSINESS ETHICS: THE CURRENT STATE OF THE PROBLEM

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    Ларионов, Larionov Igor, Игорь Юрьевич

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, the use of utilitarianism in contemporary business ethics is described and the conditions under which it could be applied in business ethics most effectively are identified. In order to provide the conditions for its application the scope of problems that should be taken into account and solved are identified. The types of rationality in utilitarian ethics and utilitarian approach to the role of moral subject are also analyzed. Along with that the problem of moral motivation in...

  16. The Current Problems of Urban Ecological Food Construction and Counter Measures

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    Xiuxia LI

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The study presents problems of food ecological construction on municipal virescence, water environment, water ecology and landscape as well as urban ecological system of quantity, quality and capacity in our country and analysis the causes of these problems. Measures are proposed, such as knowing the meaning of municipal eco-environmental construction, increasing the food environmental protect consciousness of managers and enhancing the municipal eco-systemic construction.

  17. Pedagogical Characteristics of Online and Face-to-Face Classes

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    Wuensch, Karl; Aziz, Shahnaz; Ozan, Erol; Kishore, Masao; Tabrizi, M. H. Nassehzadeh

    2008-01-01

    Currently, many students have had experience with both face-to-face and online classes. We asked such students at 46 different universities in the United States to evaluate the pedagogical characteristics of their most recently completed face-to-face class and their most recently completed online class. The results show that students rate online…

  18. Mutual Inductance Problem for a System Consisting of a Current Sheet and a Thin Metal Plate

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    Fulton, J. P.; Wincheski, B.; Nath, S.; Namkung, M.

    1993-01-01

    Rapid inspection of aircraft structures for flaws is of vital importance to the commercial and defense aircraft industry. In particular, inspecting thin aluminum structures for flaws is the focus of a large scale R&D effort in the nondestructive evaluation (NDE) community. Traditional eddy current methods used today are effective, but require long inspection times. New electromagnetic techniques which monitor the normal component of the magnetic field above a sample due to a sheet of current as the excitation, seem to be promising. This paper is an attempt to understand and analyze the magnetic field distribution due to a current sheet above an aluminum test sample. A simple theoretical model, coupled with a two dimensional finite element model (FEM) and experimental data will be presented in the next few sections. A current sheet above a conducting sample generates eddy currents in the material, while a sensor above the current sheet or in between the two plates monitors the normal component of the magnetic field. A rivet or a surface flaw near a rivet in an aircraft aluminum skin will disturb the magnetic field, which is imaged by the sensor. Initial results showed a strong dependence of the flaw induced normal magnetic field strength on the thickness and conductivity of the current-sheet that could not be accounted for by skin depth attenuation alone. It was believed that the eddy current imaging method explained the dependence of the thickness and conductivity of the flaw induced normal magnetic field. Further investigation, suggested the complexity associated with the mutual inductance of the system needed to be studied. The next section gives an analytical model to better understand the phenomenon.

  19. ANALYSIS OF THE CURRENT STATE OF THE PROBLEM OF FLIGHT SIMULATOR TRAINING OF CIVIL AVIATHION

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    Full Text Available The article deals with the problems of the simulator training of the crew of civil aviation. It is noted that the particular attention of the simulator training is paid to practising flying skills, though more complex activity remains out of the sphere of the estimation of the results of training.

  20. Bully/Victim Problems among Preschool Children: A Review of Current Research Evidence

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    Vlachou, Maria; Andreou, Eleni; Botsoglou, Kafenia; Didaskalou, Eleni

    2011-01-01

    Bullying in schools has been identified as a serious and complex worldwide problem associated with negative short- and long-term effects on children's psychosocial adjustment (Smith 1999; Ttofi and Farrington, "Aggressive Behav" 34(4):352-368, 2008). Entering kindergarten is a crucial developmental step in many children's lives mainly because it…

  1. Bully/Victim Problems among Preschool Children: A Review of Current Research Evidence

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    Vlachou, Maria; Andreou, Eleni; Botsoglou, Kafenia; Didaskalou, Eleni

    2011-01-01

    Bullying in schools has been identified as a serious and complex worldwide problem associated with negative short- and long-term effects on children's psychosocial adjustment (Smith 1999; Ttofi and Farrington, "Aggressive Behav" 34(4):352-368, 2008). Entering kindergarten is a crucial developmental step in many children's lives mainly because it…

  2. Face pain

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    ... begin in other places in the body. Abscessed tooth (ongoing throbbing pain on one side of the lower face that ... face, and aggravated by eating. Call a dentist. Pain is persistent, ... by other unexplained symptoms. Call your primary provider.

  3. Comparison of three formulations for eddy-current problems in a spiral coil electromagnetic acoustic transducer

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    石文泽; 吴运新; 龚海; 赵志然; 范吉志; 谭良辰

    2016-01-01

    Three differential equations based on different definitions of current density are compared. FormulationⅠ is based on an incomplete equation for total current density (TCD). FormulationsⅡ andⅢ are based on incomplete and complete equations for source current density (SCD), respectively. Using the weak form of finite element method (FEM), three formulations were applied in a spiral coil electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT) example to solve magnetic vector potential (MVP). The input impedances calculated by Formulation III are in excellent agreement with the experimental measurements. Results show that the errors for Formulations I & II vary with coil diameter, coil spacing, lift-off distance and external excitation frequency, for the existence of eddy-current and skin & proximity effects. And the current distribution across the coil conductor also follows the same trend. It is better to choose Formulation I instead of Formulation III to solve MVP when the coil diameter is less than twice the skin depth for Formulation I is a low cost and high efficiency calculation method.

  4. 中国石化品牌建设面临的问题与挑战%Problems and Challenges Faced by SINOPEC in Brand Building

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    骆虹

    2014-01-01

    At present, SINOPEC’s brand building is facing certain problems and challenges. The brand image needs to be reshaped and optimized to enhance its appeal to domestic and international consumers; the brand positioning needs to be more clear to highlight value propositions that are globally consistent; the marketing tools need to be integrated to help with brand communication and promotion; designing at the top level needs to be improved to align brand building and management systems.%当前,中国石化品牌建设面临问题和挑战。品牌形象需优化重塑,以增强品牌对国内外消费者的吸引力;品牌定位应加以明确,突出全球一致的价值主张;营销手段需进一步整合,以助力品牌传播推广;顶层设计待完善,应抓紧统一品牌建设和管理体系。

  5. Diagnosis of tuberculosis in camelids: old problems, current solutions and future challenges.

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    Alvarez, J; Bezos, J; Juan, L de; Vordermeier, M; Rodriguez, S; Fernandez-de-Mera, I G; Mateos, A; Domínguez, L

    2012-02-01

    In spite of great efforts for its control and eradication, tuberculosis remains one of the most important zoonosis worldwide. Its causative agents, the members of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, have a wide host range that complicates the epidemiology of this disease. Among susceptible species to these pathogens, camelids from the New World (llama, alpaca and vicuña) and Old World (Bactrian camel and dromedary) are acquiring an increasing importance in several European countries because of its growing number and could act as reservoirs of the disease for livestock and humans in their natural habitat. In addition, tuberculosis caused by a number of M. tuberculosis complex members is a life-threatening disease in these animal species. Although tuberculosis has been known to affect camelids for a long time, ante-mortem diagnosis is still challenging because of the lack of standardized diagnostic techniques and the limited sensitivity and specificity of the most widely applied tests. However, in recent years, several techniques that can at least partially overcome these limitations have been developed. This paper reviews the results and advances achieved in tuberculosis diagnosis in camelids in the last decade as well as the progresses on ongoing investigations, with special attention to the remaining challenges that still have to be faced to assure the availability of reliable tools for the detection of tuberculosis-infected animals and herds.

  6. Problems

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    2010-01-01

    real Banach space which is also uniformly smooth using the properties of generalized f-projection operator. Using this result, we discuss strong convergence theorem concerning general H-monotone mappings and system of generalized mixed equilibrium problems in Banach spaces. Our results extend many known recent results in the literature.

  7. On the problems of stability and durability of field-emission current sources for electrovacuum devices

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    Yakunin, Alexander N.; Aban'shin, Nikolay P.; Akchurin, Garif G.; Akchurin, Georgy G.; Avetisyan, Yuri A.

    2016-03-01

    The results of the practical implementation of the concept of field-emission current source with high average current density of 0.1-0.3 A-cm-2 are shown. The durability of cathode samples at a level of 6000 hours is achieved under conditions of technical vacuum. A phenomenological model is suggested that describes the tunneling of both equilibrium and nonequilibrium electrons in a vacuum from the zone of concentration of electrostatic field. Conditions are discussed as the resulting increase in the emission current due to the connection mechanism of the photoelectric effect is thermodynamically favorable, that is not accompanied by an undesirable increase in the temperature of the local emission zone. It is shown that to ensure stability and durability of the cathode is also important to limit the concentration of equilibrium carriers using composite structures «DLC film on Mo substrate." This helps to reduce the criticality of the CVC. A possible alternative is to use a restrictive resistance in the cathode. However, this increases the heat losses and thus decreases assembly efficiency. The results of experimental studies of the structure showing the saturation of photoemission current component with an increase in operating voltage. This fact suggests the existence of an effective mechanism for control of emission at constant operating voltage. This is fundamentally important for the stabilization of field emission cathode, providing a reliability and durability. The single-photon processes and the small thickness DLC films (15-20 nm) provide high-speed process of control.

  8. Characterisation of plastic packaging waste for recycling: problems related to current approaches

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    Götze, Ramona; Astrup, Thomas Fruergaard

    2013-01-01

    criteria of recycling processes. A lack of information in current waste characterisation practise on polymer resin composition, black coloured material content and the influence of surface adherent material on physico-chemical characteristics of plastic packaging waste were identified. These shortcomings...

  9. Participation in a trauma-focused epidemiological investigation may result in sensitization for current health problems

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    Verschuur, M.J.; Spinhoven, Ph.; van Emmerik, A.A.P.; Rosendaal, F.R.

    2008-01-01

    Objectives - Participation in health survey research may result in a worsening of self-assessed health status and enhanced service-use by increasing self-awareness of current health status. The present study investigated whether participation in a traumafocused epidemiological study sensitized parti

  10. A Synthesis of Language Learning Strategies: Current Issues, Problems and Claims Made in Learner Strategy Research

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    Barjesteh, Hamed; Mukundan, Jayakaran; Vaseghi, Reza

    2014-01-01

    The current paper presented theoretical assumptions behind language learning strategies (LLS) and an overview of methods used to identify learners' strategies, first, and then summarized what have been reported from large number of descriptive studies of strategies by language learners. Moreover, the paper tried to present the variety of…

  11. Prevalence of face recognition deficits in middle childhood.

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    Bennetts, Rachel J; Murray, Ebony; Boyce, Tian; Bate, Sarah

    2017-02-01

    Approximately 2-2.5% of the adult population is believed to show severe difficulties with face recognition, in the absence of any neurological injury-a condition known as developmental prosopagnosia (DP). However, to date no research has attempted to estimate the prevalence of face recognition deficits in children, possibly because there are very few child-friendly, well-validated tests of face recognition. In the current study, we examined face and object recognition in a group of primary school children (aged 5-11 years), to establish whether our tests were suitable for children and to provide an estimate of face recognition difficulties in children. In Experiment 1 (n = 184), children completed a pre-existing test of child face memory, the Cambridge Face Memory Test-Kids (CFMT-K), and a bicycle test with the same format. In Experiment 2 (n = 413), children completed three-alternative forced-choice matching tasks with faces and bicycles. All tests showed good psychometric properties. The face and bicycle tests were well matched for difficulty and showed a similar developmental trajectory. Neither the memory nor the matching tests were suitable to detect impairments in the youngest groups of children, but both tests appear suitable to screen for face recognition problems in middle childhood. In the current sample, 1.2-5.2% of children showed difficulties with face recognition; 1.2-4% showed face-specific difficulties-that is, poor face recognition with typical object recognition abilities. This is somewhat higher than previous adult estimates: It is possible that face matching tests overestimate the prevalence of face recognition difficulties in children; alternatively, some children may "outgrow" face recognition difficulties.

  12. A Comparative Approach to Testing Face Perception: Face and object identification by adults in a simultaneous matching task

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    Beatrice de Gelder

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Experimental studies of face perception tend to use small samples of participants taken from a narrow age range. This often makes it difficult to use the results in clinical studies. Combined with the fact that current face processing tests are of limited use for an in depth analysis of prosopagnosia it is often difficult to assess face recognition problems. Here we present the results from a study of a wide age group (21-50 yrs tested with a comprehensive face perception battery that was developed to provide a new tool for critically measuring intact face perception. We critically review existing tests and motivate our choice for the present design which is unique in that it uses in the same task setting faces and objects and therefore allows a more specific evaluation of face specific abilities than was hitherto possible.

  13. The Chinese-Russian Investment Cooperation: Current State, Problems and Development Prospects

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    - Wang Yuesheng

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available In process of growth of investments of the Chinese enterprises to Russia variety of problems has gradually come to light. Sometimes there were simply failures to an investment of financial assets. Authors of article have tried to find an explanation and ways of the decision of similar failures. Stimulus of the Chinese direct investments to Russia, working out of system investment strategy can serve by the government of China, at simultaneous acceptance by the Russian government of measures for maintenance of the Chinese enterprises in Russia.

  14. Current work and open problems in the numerical analysis of Volterra functional equations with vanishing delays

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    Hermann BRUNNER

    2009-01-01

    The aims of this paper are (i) to present a survey of recent advances in the analysis of superconvergence of collocation solutions for linear Volterra-type functional integral and integro-differential equations with delay functions θ(t) vanishing at the initial point of the interval of integration (with θ(t) = qt (0 < q < 1,t ≥0) being an important special case),and (ii) to point,by means of a list of open problems,to areas in the numerical analysis of such Volterra functional equations where more research needs to be carried out.

  15. Numerical solution of the problem on the constant current flow around a dielectric plate

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    Stadnik, I.P.

    1977-01-01

    The problem of a harmonic field circumvention of a plate of arbitrary form is reduced to a second species integral equation for the density of a binary layer. A feature of this integral equation is that the integration is performed along the entire plate except the circle contained in the center of the observation point. The method's agreement with sequential approximations is proven. An examination is made of the plane-parallel case and an example illustrating good agreement in results for the plane-parallel case which were obtained by the proposed method and method of conformal depictions. 2 references, 4 figures.

  16. [Problems of work world and its impact on health. Current financial crisis].

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    Tomasina, Fernando

    2012-06-01

    Health and work are complex processes. Besides, they are multiple considering the forms they take. These two processes are linked to each other and they are influenced by each other. According to this, it is possible to establish that work world is extremely complex and heterogeneous. In this world, "old" or traditional risks coexist with "modern risks", derived from the new models of work organization and the incorporation of new technologies. Unemployment, work relationships precariousness and work risks outsourcing are results of neoliberal strategies. Some negative results of health-sickness process derived from transformation in work world and current global economic crisis have been noticed in current work conditions. Finally, the need for reconstructing policies focusing on this situation derived from work world is suggested.

  17. Expectation values of flavor-neutrino currents in field theoretical approach to oscillation problem -- formulation

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    Fujii, Kanji; Fujii, Kanji; Shimomura, Takashi

    2004-01-01

    As a possible approach to the neutrino oscillation on the basis of quantum field theory, the expectation values of the flavor-neutrino currents are investigated by employing the finite-time transition matrix in the interaction representation. Such expectation values give us in the simplest form a possible way of treating the neutrino oscillation without recourse to any one flavor-neutrino states. The present paper is devoted to presenting the formulation and the main structures of the relevant expectation values.

  18. Expectation values of flavor-neutrino currents in field theoretical approach to oscillation problem -- formulation

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    FUJII, Kanji; Shimomura, Takashi

    2004-01-01

    As a possible approach to the neutrino oscillation on the basis of quantum field theory, the expectation values of the flavor-neutrino currents are investigated by employing the finite-time transition matrix in the interaction representation. Such expectation values give us in the simplest form a possible way of treating the neutrino oscillation without recourse to any one flavor-neutrino states. The present paper is devoted to presenting the formulation and the main structures of the relevan...

  19. [Current situations and problems of quality control for medical imaging display systems].

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    Shibutani, Takayuki; Setojima, Tsuyoshi; Ueda, Katsumi; Takada, Katsumi; Okuno, Teiichi; Onoguchi, Masahisa; Nakajima, Tadashi; Fujisawa, Ichiro

    2015-04-01

    Diagnostic imaging has been shifted rapidly from film to monitor diagnostic. Consequently, Japan medical imaging and radiological systems industries association (JIRA) have recommended methods of quality control (QC) for medical imaging display systems. However, in spite of its need by majority of people, executing rate is low. The purpose of this study was to validate the problem including check items about QC for medical imaging display systems. We performed acceptance test of medical imaging display monitors based on Japanese engineering standards of radiological apparatus (JESRA) X-0093*A-2005 to 2009, and performed constancy test based on JESRA X-0093*A-2010 from 2010 to 2012. Furthermore, we investigated the cause of trouble and repaired number. Medical imaging display monitors had 23 inappropriate monitors about visual estimation, and all these monitors were not criteria of JESRA about luminance uniformity. Max luminance was significantly lower year-by-year about measurement estimation, and the 29 monitors did not meet the criteria of JESRA about luminance deviation. Repaired number of medical imaging display monitors had 25, and the cause was failure liquid crystal panel. We suggested the problems about medical imaging display systems.

  20. Problems of software financial resources agrarian sector in the current economic conditions of management

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Research of financial science on questions providing of financial resources does not exhaust and needs a further study that acquires new descriptions and vectors of development constantly, what costing illuminations in the conditions of present time. Research of the state of provision of financial resources agrarian to the sector of economy with allocating of main segment – loan and attracted financial resources, today topically. In the article the essence funds are considered sources of agricultural enterprises financial resources and problems associated with the formation and use of financial resources in the modern world. Also the problems arising in improving the process of raising funds agricultural enterprises. Revealed that an effective tool to attract financial resources is the issue of convertible bonds and the introduction of agricultural receipts. It is well-proven that in the conditions of unstable environment forward development of the system of agrarian relations must be carried out on the basis of the government programs, and normatively-legal adjusting that take into account not only the existent state of affairs at the market of agroindustrial products but also economic provision of enterprises national agrarian to the sector.

  1. CURRENT PROBLEMS OF DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENTS IN CHILDREN

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In practical pediatrics specialists paid wrongly little attention to identification and treatment of cognitive disorders in children. At the same time it is difficult to overestimate the influence of cognitive functions on the formation of human personality and social maladjustment in this part of population. The paper is devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of cognitive impairments. In addition, the classification of this pathology, highlighting aetiopathogenetic factors, prognosis are showed. One of the important problems of early revealing of cognitive impairments and appropriate management of children with this pathology according to the authors opinion are the following: the deficiency of educational programs for training specialists in neurology, lack of knowledge concerning the possibilities of psychological-pedagogical correction, inefficient system of neurological techniques for primary care. Key words: cognitive function, mild cognitive impairment, classification, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, social maladjustment, psychopedagogical support, children. (Pediatric Pharmacology. — 2011; 8 (5: 37–41.

  2. Environmental problems in the People`s Republic of China: Current magnitude and possible control options

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    Bhadtti, N.; Biang, C.A.; Poch, L.A.; Tompkins, M.M.

    1995-09-01

    The People`s Republic of China has been undergoing rapid economic development over the past several decades. This development has taken place with little or no attention being paid to its environmental consequences. This situation has resulted in severe contamination of the air, water, and soil resources of China, with attendant damage to human and natural populations. This report determines the major causes of air, water, and soil pollution in China and assesses their extent and magnitude. It then examines the impacts of the pollutants on various components of the human and natural environment. It identifies possible regulatory and ameliorative options available to China to deal with these pollution problems and provides information on specific strategies and the costs associated with their implementation. The objective is to shed light on China`s pollution control and remediation requirements in the near future.

  3. [Current problems in the pathological anatomy of acute neuroinfections in children].

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    Tsinzerling, V A

    1985-01-01

    The analysis of the autopsy material of children dying from acute neuroinfections in a specialized department of the Research Institute of Children's Infections from 1954 to 1984 is presented. The increase of the importance of hypertoxic forms of meningococcal infection, purulent meningoencephalitis (particularly those of pneumococcal etiology) as well as acute viral encephalitis (particularly herpetic ones) is noted at present. The results of the materials studied by the author from 182 children dying of those infections at the period from 1971 to 1984, the problems of their patho- and tanatogenesis are discussed. Special attention is drawn to the necessity of considering the type of an etiological agent, its properties, the features of tissue response and those of the immunological resistance in the brain for the diagnosis and epicritic assessment of acute neuroinfections.

  4. Current Development Situation,Problem and Countermeasures on Tilapia Seed Industry in Fujian Province

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    Gaozhong; JIANG; Fei; SUN; Qun; LI; Quanfu; ZHONG

    2013-01-01

    As one of the four main production areas of China’s tilapia farming,Fujian province plays a critical role in China’s tilapia industry development."Quality seed makes the industry a half success",therefore,the study on seed industry has a very important significance for the development of tilapia industry.Based on the field survey,study and analysis,we found that there is abroad prospect of the seed industry development in Fujian province.However,in recent years,some problems has emerged during the development process,such as the serious germplasm degeneration,frequent disease occurrence,etc.,which to some extent has restricted its further development.Establishment of tilapia seed production base,financial support and quality and security system should be strengthened,so that the tilapia seed industry in Fujian province will get better development.

  5. Current Situation of the Solid Waste Management in Gjirokastra Region: Problems and Challenges for the Future

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    ORNELA ÇUÇI

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The system of collecting waste and the current situation in their management is the main objective of this paper, to help the local government for sustainable waste management in the district of Gjirokastra. Through this study it was possible the provision of a database for the management of actual waste at the regional level, an analysis of actual system of waste management, the criteria necessary for managing them through an approach of sustainable development environmental, economic and social. Geographical space, which is the objective of this study is Gjirokastra district, consisting of three districts and currently, according to the new territorial division of 6 municipalities. To provide data on the current situation of waste used the data of municipalities and communes under the old territorial division. Processing of this database, the most important qualities and characteristics of the area are classified into 6 new municipalities functioning. Also they have interviewed over 250 employees and stakeholders the respective municipalities, and are inventoried evidence on policy practices and technologies used. They were examined waste prevention policies at national, regional and local enforcement practices, and based on general descriptions of available activities to prevent / reuse / recycling has prepared a detailed SWOT analyze. With SWOT analysis and data arising from it the results of this study suggest measures for the sustainable management of waste in the district of Gjirokastra, because the waste generated is collected without any prior sorting and no recycling process for hazardous waste appliances (batteries, etc. together with them even hospital waste. Disposal of waste from communities and municipalities realized using plastic bags or not, but without any preliminary separation according to their content or without taking into consideration all the resource sharing and protection from further urbanization

  6. Current state and problems of noble hardwoods plants: the Regions’ point of view

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    Calvo E

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper illustrates the current state of noble hardwoods plants established in Italy since early ’90s, with the aim of describing the extension, distribution and quality of wood production obtained. Based on both results of this investigation and advices issued by administrative Regions, several considerations are discussed aimed to identify new directions for research and extension activities, as well as to support appropriate managing practices, in the light of the absence of an integrated system among the noble hardwoods productions, the agricultural sector and the timber market.

  7. Single Phase Current-Source Active Rectifier for Traction: Control System Design and Practical Problems

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    Jan Michalik

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available This research has been motivated by industrial demand for single phase current-source active rectifier dedicated for reconstruction of older types of dc machine locomotives. This paper presents converters control structure design and simulations. The proposed converter control is based on the mathematical model and due to possible interaction with railway signaling and required low switching frequency employs synchronous PWM. The simulation results are verified by experimental tests performed on designed laboratory prototype of power of 7kVA

  8. Problems Faced by Students and Lecturers in Teaching and Learning of Approximation in Primary Colleges of Education: A Case Study of 4 Primary Colleges on the Copperbelt Province-Zambia

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    Kapasa, Japhet; Samuels, Elizabeth Bobby; Mulendema, Peter J.

    2015-01-01

    It has been observed that students shy away from the study of Mathematics even though it is a back bone of science and technology. This is confirmed by the negative attitude and poor performance of students in Mathematics especially at primary colleges' level. It is this background that prompted the research into the problems faced by lecturers…

  9. The problems and solutions Russian education in China facing%我国高校俄语教育面临的问题与解决途径

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    黄兴华

    2013-01-01

    Russian as one of the six working languages of the United Nations, ranked in third place after Chinese and English. Russia has been in a leading position in the world in the aerospace industry, aircraft industry, medical, education and other fields. China is a country attaches great importance to foreign language teaching, has already opened foreign language class. While the Russian teaching has a long history, so far, foreign language teaching has a history of 237 years in China. The teaching of Russian language as a foreign language teaching, its main purpose is to cultivate the students' language skills, the ability to use language. But at present there are bottleneck problems in our country college Russian teaching. College Russian teaching Work must conform to the demand of the society and times development, and comprehensively improve the effectiveness and validity of the Russian teaching. This article mainly elaborates the problems our country Russian education facing, and according to the author's experience to put forward their own views on how to improve our college Russian education.%  作为联合国六种工作语言之一的俄语,排在汉语和英语之后位列第三位。俄罗斯在航天业、飞机制造业、医学、教育等领域一直处于国际领先地位。我国是一个重视外语教学的国家,很早就开设了外语课。而俄语教学历史悠久,迄今为止中国俄语教学已经有237年的历史。俄语教学作为一门语言的教学,其主要目的是培养学生的语言技能,运用语言的能力。但目前在我国高校的俄语教学中出现了瓶颈问题。高校俄语教学工作必须顺应社会与时代发展的需求,全面提高俄语教学实效性和有效性。本文主要阐述了我国高校俄语教育面临的问题,并根据笔者多年的经验就如何提高我国高校俄语教育提出了自己的见解。

  10. Professional communication competences of nurses -- a review of current practice and educational problems.

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    Włoszczak-Szubzda, Anna; Jarosz, Mirosław J

    2013-01-01

    A dissonance between high 'technical' professionalism of nurses and a relatively low level of patient satisfaction with received care is a phenomenon observed in many countries. Theoretical concept and review of current published studies. Most reviewed studies show that a low level of patient satisfaction occurs in the case of an inadequate interpersonal communication between nurses and patients. Most studies indicate poor effectiveness of shaping communication competences of nurses based on standard education in the area of general psychology and communication knowledge, because this knowledge does not convert itself 'spontaneously' into communication competences during occupational activity. It is necessary to supplement educational programmes for nurses with practical courses in professional interpersonal communication. International experience exchange concerning the shaping of nurses' communication competences may be limited due to cultural, organizational and systems factors.

  11. Chloramphenicol Derivatives as Antibacterial and Anticancer Agents: Historic Problems and Current Solutions

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    George P. Dinos

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Chloramphenicol (CAM is the D-threo isomer of a small molecule, consisting of a p-nitrobenzene ring connected to a dichloroacetyl tail through a 2-amino-1,3-propanediol moiety. CAM displays a broad-spectrum bacteriostatic activity by specifically inhibiting the bacterial protein synthesis. In certain but important cases, it also exhibits bactericidal activity, namely against the three most common causes of meningitis, Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis. Resistance to CAM has been frequently reported and ascribed to a variety of mechanisms. However, the most important concerns that limit its clinical utility relate to side effects such as neurotoxicity and hematologic disorders. In this review, we present previous and current efforts to synthesize CAM derivatives with improved pharmacological properties. In addition, we highlight potentially broader roles of these derivatives in investigating the plasticity of the ribosomal catalytic center, the main target of CAM.

  12. Characterisation of plastic packaging waste for recycling: problems related to current approaches

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    Götze, Ramona; Astrup, Thomas Fruergaard

    2013-01-01

    were addressed by a resin type-based sorting analysis and a washing test for plastic packaging material from Danish household waste. Preliminary results show that, for a quarter of the hand sorted material, no resin type could be identified and that Polypropylene and Polyethylene terephthalate were...... criteria of recycling processes. A lack of information in current waste characterisation practise on polymer resin composition, black coloured material content and the influence of surface adherent material on physico-chemical characteristics of plastic packaging waste were identified. These shortcomings...... the dominating resin types in plastic packaging. The suggested washing procedure caused a decrease of 70% of the ash content of the plastic material. The analysed metals and nutrients were reduced by up to 24%...

  13. Food safety and ecologization: practical solutions to problems at the regional level in current economic conditions

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    Lysochenko Alla, A.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Ensuring food security and greening both at the level of the country, and at the level of regions are main objectives of modern agroeconomic policy. The state support creates favorable conditions for dynamic development of agrarian and industrial complex, raises investment opportunities and competitiveness of agricultural producers. A realization of the actions directed on assistance to the enterprises making import-substituting production of the regional agro-industrial complex is actual in modern economic conditions. The solution of this problem consists of investment projects implementation and production expansion of the operating enterprises. Considering new economic conditions, the ensuring financial stability of agricultural producers, availability of the food to needy segments of the population, production of valeologically safe food, and also increase efficiency of use of natural resources and conditions along with preservation of quality of environment at the local, regional and global levels are particularly acute challenges. State regulation of development of an agrofood complex of Russia remains a necessary condition for its reproduction functioning, and the social and economic policy has to provide economic availability of the food to all groups of the population that causes need of standard and legal fixing of mechanisms offood security achievement at the regional level.

  14. Obesity, More than a 'Cosmetic' Problem. Current Knowledge and Future Prospects of Human Obesity Genetics.

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    Shabana; Hasnain, Shahida

    2016-02-01

    Obesity has been designated as a global epidemic by WHO as its prevalence has increased at an alarming rate in the last few decades worldwide. It is a risk factor for diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular problems, etc. The contribution of genes to the development of obesity was confirmed in late twentieth century. The concept of monogenic obesity came with the identification of leptin, and mutations in its gene, followed by the discovery of more single gene mutations. However, the recent explosion of obesity could not be explained on the basis of these rare mutations and it was after the first genome-wide association study in 2007 that made possible the identification of different effect size variants in many candidate and non-candidate genes acting in a quantitative way to add to body weight. These studies laid down the basis for polygenic cause of common forms of obesity. The role of epigenetic regulation in the modulation of energy regulation pathway was another important explanation put forward in the latter half of the past decade. Taking into account the quantitative contribution of different variants has given the concept of obesity risk scoring in order to score individuals into different risk groups so as to decide for treatment options.

  15. Wetland Planning: Current Problems and Environmental Management Proposals at Supra-Municipal Scale (Spanish Mediterranean Coast

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    María-Teresa Sebastiá-Frasquet

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The policies that define the use and management of wetlands in Spain have undergone tremendous changes in recent decades. During the period of 1950–1980, Land Reform Plans promoted filling and draining of these areas for agricultural use. In 1986, with the incorporation of Spain to the European Union (EU, there was a sudden change of direction in these policies, which, thereafter, pursued restoring and protecting these ecosystems. This change, combined with increasing urban development and infrastructure pressures (e.g., roads, golf courses, etc., creates a conflict of uses which complicates the management of these ecosystems by local governments. This study analyzes the effectiveness of policies and management tools of important coastal wetlands at the local scale in the Valencian Community (Western Mediterranean Sea using a strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats (SWOT methodology. A supra-municipal model of environmental planning is proposed to enable consistent management at a regional scale. This model enhances local government’s effectiveness and it can be applied in other areas with similar problems.

  16. Roman Criminal Law. Contributions to Current Problems in Connection with “Crimes against Public Administration”

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    Fabio Espitia Garzón

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    Full Text Available The secular and detailed study of Roman Private Law institutions has, for centuries, diverted the attention to institutions pertaining to the Public Law sphere. Such studies were a consequence of the triumph of bourgeois ideas from the Enlightenment, which were structured on a set of principles (separation of powers, the principle of legality both considered absolute truths, even though today they seem more like myths. This understanding shifted during the second half of the twentieth century, when scholars of Roman Law began to more comprehensively analyze Rome’s constitutional institutions as well as its criminal repression. This paper begins with a review of some of the most important works and articles produced since the fifties until present day about the so called ‘general ’and ´special’ Criminal Law, and the Law of Criminal Procedure, it then focuses on how useful those texts are in order to solve actual problems, taking as an example the subject of crimes against public administration, given the actual need to pursue the assets obtained from such activities, despite the perpetrator’s death, which means going beyond the principle of the individual nature of penalties.

  17. CURRENT STATE OF THE PROBLEM OF FORMATION OF INNOVATIVE COMPETENCES OF STUDENTS TECHNICAL UNIVERSITIES

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    Elena Konstantinovna Hetman

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    Full Text Available The state policy of modern Russia clearly formulated in the framework of «Strategy of innovative development of the Russian Federation until 2020», one of the priorities determines the development of human resources in science, education, technologies and innovations. Pursuant to the requirements of modern business, the system of higher professional education aimed at training of competitive graduates, the distinguishing quality of which is not only a high level of knowledge and skills, but also the development/implementation of innovations in professional activity. In work the analysis of modern condition of a problem of formation of innovative competence, summed up the experience of researchers on the issues of the competence approach the formation of professional and General cultural competences. Presents the dependence of the level of preparation of bachelors and the formation of different kinds of innovation. The basic components of innovation. Also describes the basic qualities of innovative thinking of the bachelor-engineer, given the author’s definition of innovation competencies.

  18. Problems Arising from Current Trends in Propulsion System Design and Guidance Schemes

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    McKay, George H., Jr.

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    Mission requirements in various NASA programs dictate the necessity for high reliability, continual and chronic increases in payload capability, and precise injection into the prescribed orbit. In some vehicles, concepts employed to meet these criteria in the areas of guidance and propulsion have been found to be somewhat in conflict. For the express purpose of increasing reliability, the primary emphasis in engine and feed design has been placed on simplification including the removal of control systems. In the guidance area considerable attention has been given to the development of methods of implementation which allow complete reshaping of the pitch program if the stage should perform at some level other than predicted. In such a guidance scheme the assumption is made that observed differences in performance levels are constant throughout flight. In the absence of propulsion control systems, however, some oscillations about a mean value representative of the shift can be expected. Analyses showed that this occurrence would severely limit the effectiveness of the Iterative Guidance Mode. The purpose of this paper is to deal with the definition, causes and cures of this problem.

  19. Parameter estimation in Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis: current problems and some solutions

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    Vermeulen, Petrus

    2017-04-01

    A typical Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis (PSHA) comprises identification of seismic source zones, determination of hazard parameters for these zones, selection of an appropriate ground motion prediction equation (GMPE), and integration over probabilities according the Cornell-McGuire procedure. Determination of hazard parameters often does not receive the attention it deserves, and, therefore, problems therein are often overlooked. Here, many of these problems are identified, and some of them addressed. The parameters that need to be identified are those associated with the frequency-magnitude law, those associated with earthquake recurrence law in time, and the parameters controlling the GMPE. This study is concerned with the frequency-magnitude law and temporal distribution of earthquakes, and not with GMPEs. TheGutenberg-Richter frequency-magnitude law is usually adopted for the frequency-magnitude law, and a Poisson process for earthquake recurrence in time. Accordingly, the parameters that need to be determined are the slope parameter of the Gutenberg-Richter frequency-magnitude law, i.e. the b-value, the maximum value at which the Gutenberg-Richter law applies mmax, and the mean recurrence frequency,λ, of earthquakes. If, instead of the Cornell-McGuire, the "Parametric-Historic procedure" is used, these parameters do not have to be known before the PSHA computations, they are estimated directly during the PSHA computation. The resulting relation for the frequency of ground motion vibration parameters has an analogous functional form to the frequency-magnitude law, which is described by parameters γ (analogous to the b¬-value of the Gutenberg-Richter law) and the maximum possible ground motion amax (analogous to mmax). Originally, the approach was possible to apply only to the simple GMPE, however, recently a method was extended to incorporate more complex forms of GMPE's. With regards to the parameter mmax, there are numerous methods of estimation

  20. Gold deposits in metamorphic belts: Overview of current understanding, outstanding problems, future research, and exploration significance

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    Groves, D.I.; Goldfarb, R.J.; Robert, F.; Hart, C.J.R.

    2003-01-01

    Metamorphic belts are complex regions where accretion or collision has added to, or thickened, continental crust. Gold-rich deposits can be formed at all stages of orogen evolution, so that evolving metamorphic belts contain diverse gold deposit types that may be juxtaposed or overprint each other. This partly explains the high level of controversy on the origin of some deposit types, particularly those formed or overprinted/remobilized during the major compressional orogeny that shaped the final geometry of the hosting metamorphic belts. These include gold-dominated orogenic and intrusion-related deposits, but also particularly controversial gold deposits with atypical metal associations. There are a number of outstanding problems for all types of gold deposits in metamorphc belts. These include the following: (1) definitive classifications, (2) unequivocal recognition of fluid and metal sources, (3) understanding of fluid migration and focusing at all scales, (4) resolution of the precise role of granitoid magmatism, (5) precise gold-depositional mechanisms, particularly those producing high gold grades, and (6) understanding of the release of CO2-rich fluids from subducting slabs and subcreted oceanic crust and granitoid magmas at different crustal levels. Research needs to be better coordinated and more integrated, such that detailed fluid-inclusion, trace-element, and isotopic studies of both gold deposits and potential source rocks, using cutting-edge technology, are embedded in a firm geological framework at terrane to deposit scales. Ultimately, four-dimensional models need to be developed, involving high-quality, three-dimensional geological data combined with integrated chemical and fluid-flow modeling, to understand the total history of the hydrothermal systems involved. Such research, particularly that which can predict superior targets visible in data sets available to exploration companies before discovery, has obvious spin-offs for global- to deposit

  1. Characterization and implementation of OSL dosimeters for use in evaluating the efficacy of organ-based tube current modulation for CT scans of the face and orbits

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    Marsh, R. M.; Silosky, M., E-mail: michael.silosky@ucdenver.edu [Department of Radiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado 80045 (United States)

    2015-04-15

    Purpose: The purpose of this work was to characterize commercially available optically stimulated luminescent (OSL) dosimeters for general clinical applications and apply the results to the development of a method to evaluate the efficacy of a vendor-specific organ-based tube current modulation application for both phantom and clinical computed tomography (CT) scans of the face and orbits. Methods: This study consisted of three components: (1) thorough characterization of the dosimeters for CT scans in phantom, including evaluations of depletion, fading, angular dependence, and conversion from counts to absorbed dose; (2) evaluation of the efficacy of using plastic glasses to position the dosimeters over the eyes in both phantom and clinical studies; and (3) preliminary dosimetry measurements made using organ-based tube current modulation in computed tomography dose index (CTDI) and anthropomorphic phantom studies. Results: (1) Depletion effects were found to have a linear relationship with the output of the OSL dosimeters (R{sup 2} = 0.96). Fading was found to affect dosimeter readings during the first two hours following exposure but had no effect during the remaining 60-h period observed. No significant angular dependence was observed for the exposure conditions used in this study (with p-values ranging from 0.9 to 0.26 for all t-tests). Dosimeter counts varied linearly with absorbed dose when measured in the center and 12 o’clock positions of the CTDI phantoms. These linear models of counts versus absorbed dose had overlapping 95% confidence intervals for the intercepts but not for the slopes. (2) When dosimeters were positioned using safety glasses, there was no adverse effect on image quality, and there was no statistically significant difference between this placement and placement of the dosimeters directly on the eyes of the phantom (p = 0.24). (3) When using organ-based tube current modulation, the dose to the lens of the eye was reduced between 19% and

  2. [Current problems in training of minimally invasive surgery: vision of residents in pediatric surgery].

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    Corona, C; Cano, I; Peláez, D; Fuentes, S; Tardáguila, A R

    2013-01-01

    Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is getting more and more important in our specialty. However, the formation of the residents on MIS is, in many cases, irregular. The purpose of this study is to assess the state of training in MIS among the residents of Pediatric Surgery and their potential weaknesses. An electronic survey was distributed among 71 residents of Pediatric Surgery from 17 national hospitals. The response rate was 70.2%.100% of the residents are interested in a broadening of training activities in MIS. The main areas of interest are gastrointestinal (92%) and thoracic (47%) surgery. Only 57% have access to training facilities and less than half of them attend to courses and conferences. 80% believe that they are not given adequate attention from specialized associations. 52% think they should do rotations at referral centers, 86% that courses and seminars should be enhanced, and 44% that the responsibility of the resident in surgery should be increased. The main defects encountered in their training are scarce volume of patients, lack of financial support and overcoming the learning curve of surgeons in their services. Despite the advance of the MIS, resident's training in this discipline still has shortcomings, as expressed in their views. Knowledge of the current state of training should be the starting point for designing a training strategy that ensures adequate skills.

  3. Some current problems in atmospheric ozone chemistry; role of chemical kinetics

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    Cox, R.A.

    1987-03-01

    A review is given on selected aspects of the reaction mechanisms of current interest in the chemistry of atmospheric ozone. Atmospheric ozone is produced and removed by a complex series of elementary gas-phase photochemical reactions involving O/sub x/, HO/sub x/, NO/sub x/, CIO/sub x/ and hydrocarbon species. At the present time there is a good knowledge of the basic processes involved in ozone chemistry in the stratosphere and the troposphere and the kinetics of most of the key reactions are well defined. There are a number of difficulties in the theoretical descriptions of observed ozone behaviour which may be due to uncertainties in the chemistry. Examples are the failure to predict present day ozone in the photochemically controlled region above 35 Km altitude and the large reductions in the ozone column in the Antartic Spring which has been observed in recent years. In the troposphere there is growing evidence that ozone and other trace gases have changed appreciably from pre-industrial concentrations, due to chemical reactions involving man-made pollutants. Quantitative investigation of the mechanisms by which these changes may occur requires a sound laboratory kinetics data base.

  4. Sovremennye problemy rossijsko-latvijskih otnoshenij [Current problems in Russian-Latvian relations

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    Mezhevich Nikolay

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Current relations between Russia and Latvia are still influenced by a series of mutual claims that appeared after the demise of the USSR. Latvia — as well as Estonia and Lithuania — is both an EU and NATO member state. However, unlike the above mentioned countries, its relations with Russia are developing at a more pragmatic level. Numerous political differences often result in economic losses both for Latvia and Russia. Despite the fact that Latvia has been an independent state for more than 20 years, there are still some unresolved issues in its relations with Russia. Today, relations between the two countries are often viewed through the prism of EU-Russia relations. Nonetheless, they often do not fit this context. Settling differences between Latvia and Russia will contribute to trade relations, which are increasingly important for both parties. In order to prevent and localise emerging conflicts, diplomats, politicians, and experts should interpret Russian-Latvian relations in view of the national features without referring to theoretical models based on the mythological “unity” of the three Baltic States.

  5. Current problems in communication from the weather forecast in the prevention of hydraulic and hydrogeological risk

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    Fazzini, Massimiliano; Vaccaro, Carmela

    2014-05-01

    The Italian territory is one of the most fragile hydraulic and hydro geologic of the world, due to its complexity physiographic, lithological and above meteo-climatic too. Moreover, In recent years, the unhappy urbanization, the abandonment of mountain areas and countryside have fostered hydro geological instability, ever more devastating, in relation to the extremes of meteorological events. After the dramatic floods and landscapes of the last 24 months - in which more than 50 people died - it is actually open a public debate on the issues related to prevention, forecasting and management of hydro-meteorological risk. Aim of the correct weather forecasting at different spatial and temporal scales is to avoid or minimize the potential occurrence of damage or human losses resulting from the increasingly of frequent extreme weather events. In Italy, there are two major complex problems that do not allow for effective dissemination of the correct weather forecasting. First, the absence of a national meteorological service - which can ensure the quality of information. In this regard, it is at an advanced stage the establishment of a unified national weather service - formed by technicians to national and regional civil protection and the Meteorological Service of the Air Force, which will ensure the quality of the prediction, especially through exclusive processing of national and local weather forecasting and hydro geological weather alert. At present, however, this lack favors the increasing diffusion of meteorological sites more or less professional - often totally not "ethical" - which, at different spatial scales, tend to amplify the signals from the weather prediction models, describing them the users of the web such as exceptional or rare phenomena and often causing unjustified alarmism. This behavior is almost always aimed at the desire of give a forecast before other sites and therefore looking for new commercial sponsors, with easy profits. On the other hand

  6. Current perspective of the HCAP problem: is it CAP or is it HAP?

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    Polverino, Eva; Torres, Antoni

    2009-04-01

    microbial composition and MRI risk factors of HCAP is fundamental because no definitive therapeutic indications are currently available.

  7. Öğretmenlerin Güncel Sorunları Teachers In The Current Problems

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    Full Text Available Education has a significant role in the development of a country.As it is widely accepted , Countries investing in education have been developing fast in all aspects of life . There are many factors affecting education, but they are not effective as much as a teacher . Without teacher , other factors can’t be significant enough as much as they are supposed to be . He is the teacher who trains doctor , scientist , politician , architect , worker , officer and so on . Teachers are not only the insructors working in school to make students be the future’s professionals but also they are the pedagogues who are trying to be the best real role models for their students with their thoughts , life styles and attitudes and above all they have a crucial role in the formation and development of their student’s characters during their school lives . As teachers are devoloping and forming the members of the population ,they are also developing and forming the population they are living in . The better new generations are trained , the wealthier and happier population we will have . To be able to do all these things mentioned above , of course , there are some conditions to be done completely . In return a teacher should have strong self - confidence , good field information , good pedagogical formation and in addition to these s/he should be aware of the importance of the profession s/he will do . If the teachers are trained well and their working conditions are developed in accordance with the today’s needs , quality of the education can be increased . This also opens the ways taking us to a developed , peaceful and wealthy country .The aim of this study is to determine the teachers’ problems and put them forward .This study has a great significance as it can be helpful and make a contribution to solution of teachers’ problems . Bir ülkenin gelişmesinde eğitimin payı büyüktür. Eğitime yatırım yapan ülkeler her açıdan geli

  8. NGO facing problems in China develoment and countermeasure research%NGO在我国发展所面临的问题及对策研究

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    陈昳茹

    2011-01-01

    In the World,the NGO organizations which featuring non-profit and Non Government participation have played an increasingly important role in environmental protection,health,charity and public affairs.However,in China NGO only have a short history,in policies and regulations,management and direction of development is not very clear,there are still many problems.In this article,by reviewing the development process of China's NGO organizations,current status,sort of typical pattern of China's NGO development.Meanwhile,the NGO's development and growth problems were analyzed,and proposed solutions.%在国际上,以非营利、非官方为特色的NGO组织在环保、卫生、慈善和公共事务方面日益发挥着重要的作用。然而,NGO在我国的出现还只有数年时间,在政策法规、管理模式和发展方向上不甚明确,还存在着诸多的问题。在本文中,通过回顾我国NGO组织的发展历程、现行状况,梳理我国NGO发展的典型模式。同时,对于NGO的发展壮大遇到的问题进行了分析,并提出了解决的方法。

  9. On the interpretation of current-voltage curves in ionization chambers using the exact solution of the Thomson problem

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    Ridenti, M. A.; Pascholati, P. R.; Gonçalves, J. A. C.; Bueno, C. C.

    2015-09-01

    The I - ΔV characteristic curve of a well type ionization chamber irradiated with 192Ir sources (0.75 Ci-120 Ci) was fitted using the exact solution of the Thomson problem. The recombination coefficient and saturation current were estimated using this new approach. The saturation current was compared with the results of the conventional method based on Boag-Wilson formula. It was verified that differences larger than 1% between both methods only occurred at activities higher than 55 Ci. We concluded that this new approach is recommended for a more accurate estimate of the saturation current when it is not possible to measure currents satisfying the condition I /Isat > 0.95. From the calibration curve the average value of pairs of carriers created per unit volume was estimated to be equal to η = 8.1 ×10-3cm-3s-1 Bq-1 and from that value it was estimated that ~ 17 pairs were created on average per second for each decay of the source.

  10. About Face

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  12. Face Forward

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    2006-01-01

    Last November, surgeons in France successfully performed the world's first face transplant surgery. Ten days later, Chen Huanran in Beijing began soliciting patients who were ready to accept a face transplant, searching for China's first such patient through an advertisement on his website and other channels. Chen, chief orthopedic surgeon at the Plastic Surgery Hospital under the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, has conducted more than 300 transsexual operations and was considered one of the top com...

  13. Perceptions of people living in the catchment area of Madwaleni Hospital, South Africa regarding the health and social problems facing their community

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    Winkel, Carolin

    2011-01-01

    More than 16 years post-apartheid, South Africa is still regarded as the most unequal society in the world. The government is facing various obstacles and challenges in improving the standard of living and quality of life for all its citizens, for example in facilitating the access to clean drinking water and sanitation, building houses and providing basic education. In addition, the country is facing the world’s largest HIV/AIDS epidemic with a national prevalence rate of 18.1 %, equalling a...

  14. Priming with threatening faces modulates the self-face advantage by enhancing the other-face processing rather than suppressing the self-face processing.

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    Guan, Lili; Qi, Mingming; Li, Haijiang; Hitchman, Glenn; Yang, Juan; Liu, Yijun

    2015-05-22

    Social emotional information influences self-processing in everyday activities, but few researchers have investigated this process. The current ERP study adopted a prime paradigm to investigate how socially threatening faces impact on the self-face processing advantage. After being primed with emotional faces (happy, angry or neutral), participants judged whether the target face (self, friend, and stranger) was familiar or unfamiliar. Results showed an interaction effect between the prime face and the target face at posterior P3, suggesting that after priming with happy and neutral faces, self-faces elicited larger P3 amplitudes than friend-faces and stranger-faces; however, after priming with angry faces, the P3 amplitudes were not significantly different between self-face and friend-face. Moreover, the P3 amplitudes of self-faces did not differ between priming with angry and neutral faces; however, the P3 amplitude of both friend-faces and stranger-faces showed enhanced responses after priming with angry faces compared to priming with neutral faces. We suggest that the self-face processing advantage (self vs. friend) could be weakened by priming with threatening faces, through enhancement of the other-faces processing rather than suppression of self-faces processing in angry vs. neutral face prime.

  15. The Influence of Problems Faced during Internships on Interns' Views of Their Profession and Their Intention to Work in the Tourism Industry

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    Kasli, Mehmet; Ilban, Mehmet Oguzhan

    2013-01-01

    Problem Statement: The problem of this research is identifying the difficulties that undergraduate students experience during their internships and assessing their future intention to work in the tourism industry. Purpose of Study: This research aims to identify the problems undergraduate students encounter as interns in tourism programs and to…

  16. ‘Off your Face(book)’: alcohol in online social identity construction and its relation to problem drinking in university students.

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    Ridout, Brad; Campbell, Andrew; Ellis, Louise

    2012-01-01

    Alcohol is a key component of identity exploration for many young people, yet few studies have investigated identity construction in relation to problematic drinking. Increases in youth alcohol consumption have coincided with expanding use of communications technologies, particularly social networking sites (SNS), which have altered traditional conditions of identity construction. It has been found young people often engage with alcohol in the SNS environment by portraying themselves as binge drinkers. The current study applied an innovative approach to identity construction (the photographic essay) to provide insight into the portrayal of ‘alcohol-identity’ on Facebook. One hundred and fifty-eight university students completed a range of alcohol measures before providing access for researchers to view their Facebook profiles to operationalise their alcohol-identity according to autophotographic methodology. Participants utilised a variety of photographic and textual material to present alcohol as a component of their identity on Facebook, with over half having selected an alcohol-related profile image. Alcohol-identity predicted alcohol consumption and problematic alcohol-related behaviours as measured by questionnaires used to reliably identify alcohol-related problems in university students. Almost 60% reported potentially problematic alcohol use according to the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test. Findings suggest that portraying oneself as a drinker is considered by many young people to be a socially desirable component of identity in the SNS environment, perpetuating an online culture that normalises binge drinking. Ready-made Facebook photo essays provide an alternate method of accessing problematic alcohol use, supplementing self-report measures.

  17. A brief study of the existing problems and possible solutions to current senior schools' oral English teaching in China

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    Ruan Xingwu; Zhang Ling

    2015-01-01

    with the development of China's integration into the global economy,English has become an essential tool to communicate and a substantial quality that anyone in modern society is supposed to acquire,which can be directly reflected by whether you can express yourself fluently and accurately in English.Due to the current College Entrance Examination,senior school's oral English teaching has long been underrated,which results in the problem that most of the senior students cannot speak English well,much less communicating with foreigners in a confident way.This essay will argue that the present situation of oral English teaching in senior schools of Tongling city,Anhui province,China can be improved by creating a livelier atmosphere,constructing a more genuine context and varying the activities of oral English.

  18. A brief study of the existing problems and possible solutions to current senior schools’ oral English teaching in China

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    Ruan; Xingwu; Zhang; Ling

    2015-01-01

    with the development of China’s integration into the global economy,English has become an essential tool to communicate and a substantial quality that anyone in modern society is supposed to acquire,which can be directly reflected by whether you can express yourself fluently and accurately in English.Due to the current College Entrance Examination,senior school’s oral English teaching has long been underrated,which results in the problem that most of the senior students cannot speak English well,much less communicating with foreigners in a confident way.This essay will argue that the present situation of oral English teaching in senior schools of Tongling city,Anhui province,China can be improved by creating a livelier atmosphere,constructing a more genuine context and varying the activities of oral English.

  19. A QR accelerated volume-to-surface boundary condition for finite element solution of eddy current problems

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    White, D; Fasenfest, B; Rieben, R; Stowell, M

    2006-09-08

    We are concerned with the solution of time-dependent electromagnetic eddy current problems using a finite element formulation on three-dimensional unstructured meshes. We allow for multiple conducting regions, and our goal is to develop an efficient computational method that does not require a computational mesh of the air/vacuum regions. This requires a sophisticated global boundary condition specifying the total fields on the conductor boundaries. We propose a Biot-Savart law based volume-to-surface boundary condition to meet this requirement. This Biot-Savart approach is demonstrated to be very accurate. In addition, this approach can be accelerated via a low-rank QR approximation of the discretized Biot-Savart law.

  20. On the Difference in Quality between Current Heuristic and Optimal Solutions to the Protein Structure Alignment Problem

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    Mauricio Arriagada

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The importance of pairwise protein structural comparison in biomedical research is fueling the search for algorithms capable of finding more accurate structural match of two input proteins in a timely manner. In recent years, we have witnessed rapid advances in the development of methods for approximate and optimal solutions to the protein structure matching problem. Albeit slow, these methods can be extremely useful in assessing the accuracy of more efficient, heuristic algorithms. We utilize a recently developed approximation algorithm for protein structure matching to demonstrate that a deep search of the protein superposition space leads to increased alignment accuracy with respect to many well-established measures of alignment quality. The results of our study suggest that a large and important part of the protein superposition space remains unexplored by current techniques for protein structure alignment.

  1. Face-space: A unifying concept in face recognition research.

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    Valentine, Tim; Lewis, Michael B; Hills, Peter J

    2016-10-01

    The concept of a multidimensional psychological space, in which faces can be represented according to their perceived properties, is fundamental to the modern theorist in face processing. Yet the idea was not clearly expressed until 1991. The background that led to the development of face-space is explained, and its continuing influence on theories of face processing is discussed. Research that has explored the properties of the face-space and sought to understand caricature, including facial adaptation paradigms, is reviewed. Face-space as a theoretical framework for understanding the effect of ethnicity and the development of face recognition is evaluated. Finally, two applications of face-space in the forensic setting are discussed. From initially being presented as a model to explain distinctiveness, inversion, and the effect of ethnicity, face-space has become a central pillar in many aspects of face processing. It is currently being developed to help us understand adaptation effects with faces. While being in principle a simple concept, face-space has shaped, and continues to shape, our understanding of face perception.

  2. About Face

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    Full Text Available ... PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). Watch the intro This is AboutFace In these videos, Veterans, family members, and ... to hear what they have to say. What is PTSD? → How does PTSD affect loved ones? → Am ...

  3. About Face

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    Full Text Available ... traumatic event — like combat, an assault, or a disaster — it's normal to feel scared, keyed up, or sad at first. But if it's been months or years since the trauma and you're not feeling better, you may have PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). Watch the intro This is AboutFace In ...

  4. Certification of forests and wood products in Serbia in the context of new European union legislations: Current situation, problems and challenges

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    Vasiljević Aleksandar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents research results of the current situation in the area of certification of forests and wood products in Serbia in the context of new European Union legislation referring to the placement of wood and wood products on this market. The objective of the research was to observe the situation, phases which Serbia implemented in the process of forest and wood products certification until now, as well as the problems and challenges the companies in this process face. Based on research results, future development of the market of certified wood products in Serbia was assessed and the proposal of measures which should be realized in order for Serbia to become a country whose companies will be ready for the moment when provisions and measures of the new EU legislation become effective was given. The selection of the abovementioned objective was conditioned by the fact that from January 1st, 2013 new legislation takes effect, with significantly stricter terms for the placement of wood and wood products from other countries on this market. One of the conditions which will have to be fulfilled by the companies wishing to export their products on this market refers to proving their origin. Since the EU is the most significant market for wood products exported from Serbia, fulfillment of the stated and other terms from the new EU legislation is of great importance to Serbian companies. Until the beginning of September 2010, only 387,000 ha were certified, namely 17.2% of the total area under forests. In the same period, only 33 wood processing companies in Serbia possessed CoC certificates for their products. Such a small number of companies possessing certificates for their wood products compared to competitive neighboring countries can represent a serious limitation in achieving their satisfactory competitiveness on the EU market in the following period.

  5. On the domain-specificity of the visual and non-visual face-selective regions.

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    Axelrod, Vadim

    2016-08-01

    What happens in our brains when we see a face? The neural mechanisms of face processing - namely, the face-selective regions - have been extensively explored. Research has traditionally focused on visual cortex face-regions; more recently, the role of face-regions outside the visual cortex (i.e., non-visual-cortex face-regions) has been acknowledged as well. The major quest today is to reveal the functional role of each this region in face processing. To make progress in this direction, it is essential to understand the extent to which the face-regions, and particularly the non-visual-cortex face-regions, process only faces (i.e., face-specific, domain-specific processing) or rather are involved in a more domain-general cognitive processing. In the current functional MRI study, we systematically examined the activity of the whole face-network during face-unrelated reading task (i.e., written meaningful sentences with content unrelated to faces/people and non-words). We found that the non-visual-cortex (i.e., right lateral prefrontal cortex and posterior superior temporal sulcus), but not the visual cortex face-regions, responded significantly stronger to sentences than to non-words. In general, some degree of sentence selectivity was found in all non-visual-cortex cortex. Present result highlights the possibility that the processing in the non-visual-cortex face-selective regions might not be exclusively face-specific, but rather more or even fully domain-general. In this paper, we illustrate how the knowledge about domain-general processing in face-regions can help to advance our general understanding of face processing mechanisms. Our results therefore suggest that the problem of face processing should be approached in the broader scope of cognition in general.

  6. Complexity of the Current High and New Technology of Life Science Facing Ethical Dilemma during Its Development%论高新生命科学技术发展的伦理困境复杂性

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    郭玉宇

    2015-01-01

    The current high and new technology of life science facing ethical dilemma during its development ,which is beyond general medical ethical issues on its complexity . The ethical complexity derives from three factors : the diversification of bioethical issues initiated by the complexity of the post‐modern moral diversification ;the high and new technology of life science not only intervenes in the body function ,but also causes the other interventions which are beyond physical body ;the complexity of the response of the current Chinese bioethics . This paper considered that bioethics exploration under the Chinese discourse system was a worthy development path .However ,how to integrate the traditional culture ,western incoming culture and the modern Chinese culture to solve the Chinese bioethical problems is a long and difficult way .%当下高新生命科学技术在发展过程中面临着诸多伦理困境,而其复杂性超过了一般性的医学道德问题。高新生命科学技术伦理困境的复杂性源于三个因素:当下后现代道德多元化的复杂性所引发的生命伦理问题多元化;高新生命科学技术不仅干预身体机能,还引发超身体干预;中国当下生命伦理学应对的复杂性。中国话语体系下的生命伦理学探索是值得发展的路径,但如何整合传统文化、西方传入文化和当下中国现代文化,以解决中国本土的生命伦理问题,任重而道远。

  7. Challenges faced by health-care providers offering infant-feeding counseling to HIV-positive women in sub-Saharan Africa: a review of current research.

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    Tuthill, Emily L; Chan, Jessica; Butler, Lisa M

    2015-01-01

    Exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) has been identified as the optimal nutrition and critical behavior in attaining human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-free infant survival in resource-limited settings. Health-care providers (HCPs) in clinic- and community-settings throughout sub-Saharan Africa (sSA) provide infant-feeding counseling. However, rates of EBF at 6 months of age are suboptimal. HCPs are uniquely positioned to educate HIV-positive mothers and provide support by addressing known barriers to EBF. However, limited evidence exists on the experiences faced by HCPs in providing counseling on infant feeding to HIV-positive women. Our objective is to describe experiences faced by HCPs when delivering infant-feeding counseling in the context of HIV in program settings in sSA. We searched a range of electronic databases, including PubMed, CINAHL, and PsycINFO from January 1990 to February 2013, in addition to hand-searching, cross-reference searching, and personal communications. The search was limited to publications in English. Empirical studies of HCP experiences providing infant-feeding counseling in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV programs in sSA were selected. We identified 10 peer-reviewed articles reporting HCP challenges in infant-feeding counseling that met inclusion criteria. Articles included qualitative, cross-sectional and mixed-method studies, and cumulatively reported 31 challenges faced by HCPs. Among the challenges identified, the most commonly reported were personal beliefs held by the HCPs toward infant feeding in the context of HIV, contradictory messages, staff workload, directive counseling styles, and a lack of practical strategies to offer mothers, often leading to improvised counseling approaches. Counseling strategies need to be developed that are relevant, meaningful, and responsive to the needs of both HCPs and mothers.

  8. The Adjustment Problems Faced by International and Overseas Chinese Students Studying in Taiwan Universities: A Comparison of Student and Faculty/Staff Perceptions

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    Jenkins, John R.; Galloway, Fred

    2009-01-01

    Over the last 15 years the number of international students studying at universities in Taiwan has increased dramatically; however, to date, there have been few studies that measured the cultural adjustment problems that this diverse group of students experience. To remedy this problem, this study gathered data from 1,174 international students…

  9. The Adjustment Problems Faced by International and Overseas Chinese Students Studying in Taiwan Universities: A Comparison of Student and Faculty/Staff Perceptions

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    Jenkins, John R.; Galloway, Fred

    2009-01-01

    Over the last 15 years the number of international students studying at universities in Taiwan has increased dramatically; however, to date, there have been few studies that measured the cultural adjustment problems that this diverse group of students experience. To remedy this problem, this study gathered data from 1,174 international students…

  10. The Adjustment Problems Faced by International Students in the United States: A Comparison of International Students and Administrative Perceptions at Two Private, Religiously Affiliated Universities

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    Galloway, Fred J.; Jenkins, John R.

    2005-01-01

    International students and the faculty and administrators charged with their oversight were surveyed at two religiously affiliated, private universities to determine the extent of their adjustment problems in the United States. Although the international students were found to have only minor adjustment problems in the twelve areas covered by the…

  11. Science and Technology Teachers' Opinions about Problems Faced While Teaching 8th Grade Science Unit "Force and Motion" and Suggestions for Solutions

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    Bozdogan, Aykut Emre; Uzoglu, Mustafa

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study is to explore the problems encountered while teaching force and motion unit in 8th grade science and technology course from teachers' perspectives and offer solutions to eliminate these problems. The study was conducted with 248 science and technology teachers working in 7 regions in Turkey in 2012-2013 academic year.…

  12. Yazma Eğitiminde Karşılaşılan Sorunlar Üzerine Bir İnceleme A Review On The Problems Faced In The Writing Instruction

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    Tahir TAĞA

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this research is to find out the problems faced in thewriting instruction. The data of research is collected by "WritingChallenges Facing Education Questionnaire" which is prepared by theresearchers. Questionnaire consists of 31 the substances (all negative,and the four dimensions (students, teachers, programs, and externalfactors totally which was held with a five-point Likert-style. The totalvariance explanation of the scale was found as 41.54%. In the context ofthe validity, the value of Cronbach's alpha which is internal consistencycoefficient was found to be 0.83 totally. The study group is consisted by158 Turkish teachers. In data analysis, descriptive statistics, t-test forindependent samples, one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA and nosignificant difference in the F values, Tukey-HSD test was used toidentify the source. When the findings are analyzed at sub-dimensionlevel, the problem about students is that the lack reading habits,problem from the teacher is that not to follow the developments in thefield, in terms of the program the applied method is not appropriate asa time, problems derived from the lack of external factors detract fromthe language used in the Internet and the mobile phone can be called asa first problem. Significant difference according to gender views onproblems of teachers to the t test to examine whether the differenceswere not significant. Significant difference was found in the the one-wayanalysis of variance (ANOVA done to examine problems according toseniority and education by the views regarding the problems ofteachers.

  13. Face Search at Scale.

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    Wang, Dayong; Otto, Charles; Jain, Anil K

    2016-06-20

    rsons of interest among the billions of shared photos on these websites. Despite significant progress in face recognition, searching a large collection of unconstrained face images remains a difficult problem. To address this challenge, we propose a face search system which combines a fast search procedure, coupled with a state-of-the-art commercial off the shelf (COTS) matcher, in a cascaded framework. Given a probe face, we first filter the large gallery of photos to find the top-k most similar faces using features learned by a convolutional neural network. The k retrieved candidates are re-ranked by combining similarities based on deep features and those output by the COTS matcher. We evaluate the proposed face search system on a gallery containing 80 million web-downloaded face images. Experimental results demonstrate that while the deep features perform worse than the COTS matcher on a mugshot dataset (93.7% vs. 98.6% TAR@FAR of 0.01%), fusing the deep features with the COTS matcher improves the overall performance (99.5% TAR@FAR of 0.01%). This shows that the learned deep features provide complementary information over representations used in state-of-the-art face matchers. On the unconstrained face image benchmarks, the performance of the learned deep features is competitive with reported accuracies. LFW database: 98.20% accuracy under the standard protocol and 88.03% TAR@FAR of 0.1% under the BLUFR protocol; IJB-A benchmark: 51.0% TAR@FAR of 0.1% (verification), rank 1 retrieval of 82.2% (closed-set search), 61.5% FNIR@FAR of 1% (open-set search). The proposed face search system offers an excellent trade-off between accuracy and scalability on galleries with millions of images. Additionally, in a face search experiment involving photos of the Tsarnaev brothers, convicted of the Boston Marathon bombing, the proposed cascade face search system could find the younger brother's (Dzhokhar Tsarnaev) photo at rank 1 in 1 second on a 5M gallery and at rank 8 in 7

  14. Face verification for mobile personal devices

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    Tao, Qian

    2009-01-01

    In this thesis, we presented a detailed study of the face verification problem on the mobile device, covering every component of the system. The study includes face detection, registration, normalization, and verification. Furthermore, the information fusion problem is studied to verify face sequenc

  15. The current situation of the development of problems and strategies of the new status preschool teachers' college%浅谈新升格幼儿师专发展现状问题及策略

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    2015-01-01

    新升格的幼儿师专,在角色和身份发生变化之后,如何快速地融入高等教育体系,这是幼儿师专在转型发展过程中面临的首要且普遍存在的问题.但她们面对的不仅有自身转型发展的任务和难题,还有当前高等教育不断改革变化的外部形势和压力.同时,融入高等教育体制与打破体制羁绊的任务并存.%The new status of preschool teachers, after the change in the role and status, how to quickly blend in higher education system, it is early childhood teachers faced in the process of transformation in the development of primary and common problem. But they not only face the tasks and problems in the development of its own transition, and the current higher education reform unceasingly changing external environment and stress. At the same time, into the higher education system and break system fetter task.

  16. Reading faces and Facing words

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    Robotham, Julia Emma; Lindegaard, Martin Weis; Delfi, Tzvetelina Shentova

    It has long been argued that perceptual processing of faces and words is largely independent, highly specialised and strongly lateralised. Studies of patients with either pure alexia or prosopagnosia have strongly contributed to this view. The aim of our study was to investigate how visual...

  17. Reading faces and Facing words

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    Robotham, Julia Emma; Lindegaard, Martin Weis; Delfi, Tzvetelina Shentova

    performed within normal range on at least one test of visual categorisation, strongly suggesting that their abnormal performance with words and faces does not represent a generalised visuo-perceptual deficit. Our results suggest that posterior areas in both hemispheres may be critical for both reading...

  18. Quantified Faces

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    Sørensen, Mette-Marie Zacher

    2016-01-01

    Abstract: The article presents three contemporary art projects that, in various ways, thematise questions regarding numerical representation of the human face in relation to the identification of faces, for example through the use of biometric video analysis software, or DNA technology. The Dutch...... and critically examine bias in surveillance technologies, as well as scientific investigations, regarding the stereotyping mode of the human gaze. The American artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg creates three-dimensional portraits of persons she has “identified” from their garbage. Her project from 2013 entitled....... The three works are analysed with perspectives to historical physiognomy and Francis Galton's composite portraits from the 1800s. It is argued that, rather than being a statistical compression like the historical composites, contemporary statistical visual portraits (composites) are irreversible...

  19. Treatment of multi-word lexical items in the dictionary : the current situation and the potential problems facing dictionary users / Alenka Vrbinc, Marjeta Vrbinc

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    2011-01-01

    Analüüsitakse mitmesõnaliste leksikaalsete üksuste esitust ükskeelsetes (inglise keele) sõnaraamatutes eesmärgiga töötada välja nende esitusviis kodeeriva kakskeelse (inglise-sloveeni) sõnastiku jaoks

  20. Treatment of multi-word lexical items in the dictionary : the current situation and the potential problems facing dictionary users / Alenka Vrbinc, Marjeta Vrbinc

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    Vrbinc, Alenka

    2011-01-01

    Analüüsitakse mitmesõnaliste leksikaalsete üksuste esitust ükskeelsetes (inglise keele) sõnaraamatutes eesmärgiga töötada välja nende esitusviis kodeeriva kakskeelse (inglise-sloveeni) sõnastiku jaoks

  1. [D-cells of the gastroenteropancreatic system: development, structure, function and regeneration (history and current state of the problem)].

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    Ivanova, V F; Kostiukevich, S V

    2015-01-01

    The present review summarizes the literature data and the results of authors' own research on the development, structure, function and regeneration of D-endocrinocytes of gastroenteropancreatic (GEP) system. The history of the research of these cells is reviewed and its current state of the problem is discussed. The information on the difference of somatostatin-producing D-endocrinocytes from other types of endocrine cells of GAP system is presented, namely, the prevalence of these cells in all the organs of the digestive system (stomach, small and large intestine, pancreas) and other systems of the body, the peculiarities of their structure and regeneration in various species of vertebrate animals and humans in embryonic development, under conditions of normal functioning and in various types of pathology. On the basis of the data on the early differentiation of D-endocrinocytes and their secretion of hormones during embryonic development, structure, cytophysiology and relationships within the general endocrinocyte population, it is suggested that D-endocrinocytes play an important role in the morpho-functional state of GEP system.

  2. Current Situations and Problems of Logistics for Guangxi Fresh Agricultural Products in the New Period and Recommendations

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    Shixiong; ZHU

    2015-01-01

    In recent years,Guangxi realized consecutive bumper harvests in fresh agricultural products,leading increase of logistics demand;logistics infrastructure begins to take shape,and logistics of fresh agricultural products takes on diversified development form with wholesale market as main form. However,traditional fresh agricultural products are not selling well and it lacks construction of supply chain; the construction of logistics information system for fresh agricultural products lags behind; organizational level of production and operation of fresh agricultural products is low. Through analyzing current situations and existing problems of logistics of Guangxi fresh agricultural products in the new period( 21 st century),this paper came up with recommendations for developing logistics of fresh agricultural products of Guangxi. Government should increase policy and financial support,build and manage supply chain of fresh agricultural products,accelerate construction of logistics information system for agricultural products,and improve organizational level of logistics of fresh agricultural products,to ensure healthy development of logistics of fresh agricultural products in Guangxi.

  3. The Use of Neural Networks in Real-time Face Detection

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    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available As continual research is being conducted in the area of computer vision, one of the most practical applications under vigorous development is in the construction of a robust real-time face detection system. Successfully constructing a real-time face detection system not only implies a system capable of analyzing video streams, but also naturally leads onto the solution to the problems of extremely constraint testing environments. Analyzing a video sequence is the current challenge since faces are constantly in dynamic motion, presenting many different possible rotational and illumination conditions. While solutions to the task of face detection have been presented, detection performances of many systems are heavily dependent upon a strictly constrained environment. The problem of detecting faces under gross variations remains largely uncovered. This study presents a real-time face detection system which uses an image based neural network to detect images.

  4. Study of Face Recognition Techniques

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    Sangeeta Kaushik

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available A study of both face recognition and detection techniques is carried out using the algorithms like Principal Component Analysis (PCA, Kernel Principal Component Analysis (KPCA, Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA and Line Edge Map (LEM. These algorithms show different rates of accuracy under different conditions. The automatic recognition of human faces presents a challenge to the pattern recognition community. Typically, human faces are different in shapes with minor similarity from person to person. Furthermore, lighting condition changes, facial expressions and pose variations further complicate the face recognition task as one of the difficult problems in pattern analysis.

  5. Is Linguistic Identity Becoming a Problem Facing English Linguistic Imperialism——Seen from the Development and History of English language

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    Chen; Jiliang; Tan; Zhuxiu

    2015-01-01

    English language has undergone a long-term development and now it has become an international language.The wide spread of English contributes greatly to its status as an internationally dominating language which results in the linguistic imperialism and the loss of linguistic identity for many people speaking other languages.Their linguistic identity is becoming a problem now.

  6. Solving the problems we face: the United States Environmental Protection Agency, sustainability, and the challenges of the twenty-first century

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    Addressing the problems of the twenty-first century will require new initiatives that complement traditional regulatory activities. Existing regulations, such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act are important safety nets in the United States for protecting human health and t...

  7. Teaching On-Line versus Face-to-Face.

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    Smith, Glenn Gordon; Ferguson, David; Caris, Mieke

    2002-01-01

    Investigates and describes the current instructor experience of teaching college courses over the Web versus in face-to-face formats in terms of teaching strategies, social issues, and media effects. Discusses communication styles, relationship between students and instructors, instructor workload, and discussion patterns, and proposes a model…

  8. FACE RECOGNITION FROM FRONT-VIEW FACE

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    WuLifang; ShenLansun

    2003-01-01

    This letter presents a face normalization algorithm based on 2-D face model to rec-ognize faces with variant postures from front-view face.A 2-D face mesh model can be extracted from faces with rotation to left or right and the corresponding front-view mesh model can be estimated according to facial symmetry.Then based on the relationship between the two mesh models,the nrmalized front-view face is formed by gray level mapping.Finally,the face recognition will be finished based on Principal Component Analysis(PCA).Experiments show that better face recognition performance is achieved in this way.

  9. FACE RECOGNITION FROM FRONT-VIEW FACE

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    Wu Lifang; Shen Lansun

    2003-01-01

    This letter presents a face normalization algorithm based on 2-D face model to recognize faces with variant postures from front-view face. A 2-D face mesh model can be extracted from faces with rotation to left or right and the corresponding front-view mesh model can be estimated according to the facial symmetry. Then based on the inner relationship between the two mesh models, the normalized front-view face is formed by gray level mapping. Finally, the face recognition will be finished based on Principal Component Analysis (PCA). Experiments show that better face recognition performance is achieved in this way.

  10. Problems Faced by the New Generation of Migrant Workers and Suggestions%新生代农民工面临的问题及对策建议

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    韩瑞英

    2012-01-01

    The new generation of migrant workers are gradually becoming the majority of migrant workers and main force of China's urban construction, but the higher cost of living cities, institutional constraints have hindered the urbanization process of migrant workers. This article aims to analyze the various issues they face in depth, and put forward corresponding countermeasures and suggestions to achieve the harmonious development of society.%新生代农民工正逐渐成为农民工群体的主体,成为我国城市建设的生力军,但城市较高的生活成本、体制限制等却阻碍着新生代农民工市民化的进程.本文旨在深入剖析其面临的各种问题,并提出相应的对策建议,以实现社会的和谐发展.

  11. Current signal of silicon detectors facing charged particles and heavy ions; Reponse en courant des detecteurs silicium aux particules chargees et aux ions lourds

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    Hamrita, H

    2005-07-01

    This work consisted in collecting and studying for the first time the shapes of current signals obtained from charged particles or heavy ions produced by silicon detectors. The document is divided into two main parts. The first consisted in reducing the experimental data obtained with charged particles as well as with heavy ions. These experiments were performed at the Orsay Tandem and at GANIL using LISE. These two experiments enabled us to create a data base formed of current signals with various shapes and various times of collection. The second part consisted in carrying out a simulation of the current signals obtained from the various ions. To obtain this simulation we propose a new model describing the formation of the signal. We used the data base of the signals obtained in experiments in order to constrain the three parameters of our model. In this model, the charge carriers created are regarded as dipoles and their density is related to the dielectric polarization in the silicon detector. This phenomenon induces an increase in permittivity throughout the range of the incident ion and consequently the electric field between the electrodes of the detector is decreased inside the trace. We coupled with this phenomenon a dissociation and extraction mode of the charge carriers so that they can be moved in the electric field. (author)

  12. Eddy current imaging. Simplifying the direct problem. Analysis of a 2D case with formulations; Imagerie par courants de Foucault. Le probleme direct simplifie. Formulations et etude d`un cas 2D

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    Spineanu, A.; Zorgati, R.

    1995-12-31

    Eddy current non-destructive testing is used by EDF to detect faults affecting conductive objects such as steam generator tubes. A new technique, known as eddy current imaging, is being developed to facilitate diagnosis in this context. The first stage in this work, discussed in the present paper, consists in solving the direct problem. This entails determining the measurable quantities, on the basis of a thorough knowledge of the material considered. This was done by formulating the direct problem in terms of eddy currents in general 3D geometry context, applying distribution theory and Maxwell equations. Since no direct problem code was available we resorted to simplified situations. Taking care not to interfere with previous developments or those to be attempted in an inversion context, we studied the case of a flaw affecting a 2D structure, illuminated by a plane wave type probe. For this configuration, we studied the exact model and compared results with those of a linearized simplified model. This study emphasizes the ill-posed situation of the eddy current inverse problem related with the severe electromagnetic field attenuation. This means that regularization of the inverse problem, although absolutely necessary, will not be sufficient. Owing to the simplicity of the models available and implemented during the inversion process, processing real data would not yet be possible. We must first focus all our efforts on the direct 3 D problem, in conformity with the requirements of the inverse procedure ad describing a realistic eddy current NDT situation. At the same time, consideration should be given to the design of a specific probe customized for eddy current imaging. (authors). 9 refs., 5 figs., 3 appends.

  13. Effects of aging on face identification and holistic face processing.

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    Konar, Yaroslav; Bennett, Patrick J; Sekuler, Allison B

    2013-08-09

    Several studies have shown that face identification accuracy is lower in older than younger adults. This effect of aging might be due to age differences in holistic processing, which is thought to be an important component of human face processing. Currently, however, there is conflicting evidence as to whether holistic face processing is impaired in older adults. The current study therefore re-examined this issue by measuring response accuracy in a 1-of-4 face identification task and the composite face effect (CFE), a common index of holistic processing, in older adults. Consistent with previous reports, we found that face identification accuracy was lower in older adults than in younger adults tested in the same task. We also found a significant CFE in older adults that was similar in magnitude to the CFE measured in younger subjects with the same task. Finally, we found that there was a significant positive correlation between the CFE and face identification accuracy. This last result differs from the results obtained in a previous study that used the same tasks and which found no evidence of an association between the CFE and face identification accuracy in younger adults. Furthermore, the age difference was found with subtraction-, regression-, and ratio-based estimates of the CFE. The current findings are consistent with previous claims that older adults rely more heavily on holistic processing to identify objects in conditions of limited processing resources.

  14. Facing social identity change: interactive effects of current and projected collective identification on expectations regarding future self-esteem and psychological well-being.

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    Packer, Dominic J; Chasteen, Alison L; Kang, Sonia K

    2011-09-01

    We hypothesized that prospective changes in social identity that involve transitioning out of a currently valued group would be associated with negative expectations regarding future states, but that this effect would be mitigated among individuals who expect to belong to a future in-group of similar importance. Consistent with predictions, strongly identified young adults in two studies projected significantly lower self-esteem/psychological well-being in old age than weakly identified young adults. Critically, however, this effect was fully attenuated if they expected to identify with their future aged in-group when they were old. Study 2 showed that the capacity for projected identification to buffer projected well-being among strongly identified young adults was contingent on their membership in the future in-group being highly salient. Analyses of participants' written descriptions of old age (Study 1) and a valence manipulation (Study 2) indicated that these effects were not attributable to the anticipated valence of future selves/states, but rather to the value placed on current and future group memberships.

  15. Famous face recognition, face matching, and extraversion.

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    Lander, Karen; Poyarekar, Siddhi

    2015-01-01

    It has been previously established that extraverts who are skilled at interpersonal interaction perform significantly better than introverts on a face-specific recognition memory task. In our experiment we further investigate the relationship between extraversion and face recognition, focusing on famous face recognition and face matching. Results indicate that more extraverted individuals perform significantly better on an upright famous face recognition task and show significantly larger face inversion effects. However, our results did not find an effect of extraversion on face matching or inverted famous face recognition.

  16. Study on Tax Sparing System Development:Current Situation, Problems and Prospects%中外税收协定中税收饶让制度的现状、问题与优化

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    赵凌

    2014-01-01

    当前我国税收饶让制度的发展在税收协定的缔约数量、缔约对象、缔约区域、缔约类型、缔约内容等方面均呈现出自身的发展特点,同时也面临国际社会对税收饶让制度立场发生重要转型以及我国现行税收饶让制度普遍存在缺陷的问题。今后,我国税收饶让制度将面临必要的结构性调整,而对现行税收饶让条款进行逐步完善亦是合理的选择。%The current development of the tax sparing system in China has presented the characteristics of its own in the aspects of the contracting number, contracting party, contracting region, contracting type and contracting content etc., but also faces the important transition of international community's positions on the system, as wel as the problem that the current tax sparing clauses of our country general y have defects.The tax sparing system of our country wil be faced with the necessary structural adjustments in the future.Improving the cur-rent tax sparing system in China gradual y shal be a reasonable choice as wel .

  17. Face-to-face: Perceived personal relevance amplifies face processing.

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    Bublatzky, Florian; Pittig, Andre; Schupp, Harald T; Alpers, Georg W

    2017-05-01

    The human face conveys emotional and social information, but it is not well understood how these two aspects influence face perception. In order to model a group situation, two faces displaying happy, neutral or angry expressions were presented. Importantly, faces were either facing the observer, or they were presented in profile view directed towards, or looking away from each other. In Experiment 1 (n = 64), face pairs were rated regarding perceived relevance, wish-to-interact, and displayed interactivity, as well as valence and arousal. All variables revealed main effects of facial expression (emotional > neutral), face orientation (facing observer > towards > away) and interactions showed that evaluation of emotional faces strongly varies with their orientation. Experiment 2 (n = 33) examined the temporal dynamics of perceptual-attentional processing of these face constellations with event-related potentials. Processing of emotional and neutral faces differed significantly in N170 amplitudes, early posterior negativity (EPN), and sustained positive potentials. Importantly, selective emotional face processing varied as a function of face orientation, indicating early emotion-specific (N170, EPN) and late threat-specific effects (LPP, sustained positivity). Taken together, perceived personal relevance to the observer-conveyed by facial expression and face direction-amplifies emotional face processing within triadic group situations. © The Author (2017). Published by Oxford University Press.

  18. Protected areas in the Atlantic facing the hazards of micro-plastic pollution: first diagnosis of three islands in the Canary Current.

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    Baztan, Juan; Carrasco, Ana; Chouinard, Omer; Cleaud, Muriel; Gabaldon, Jesús E; Huck, Thierry; Jaffrès, Lionel; Jorgensen, Bethany; Miguelez, Aquilino; Paillard, Christine; Vanderlinden, Jean-Paul

    2014-03-15

    Coastal zones and the biosphere as a whole show signs of cumulative degradation due to the use and disposal of plastics. To better understand the manifestation of plastic pollution in the Atlantic Ocean, we partnered with local communities to determine the concentrations of micro-plastics in 125 beaches on three islands in the Canary Current: Lanzarote, La Graciosa, and Fuerteventura. We found that, in spite of being located in highly-protected natural areas, all beaches in our study area are exceedingly vulnerable to micro-plastic pollution, with pollution levels reaching concentrations greater than 100 g of plastic in 1l of sediment. This paper contributes to ongoing efforts to develop solutions to plastic pollution by addressing the questions: (i) Where does this pollution come from?; (ii) How much plastic pollution is in the world's oceans and coastal zones?; (iii) What are the consequences for the biosphere?; and (iv) What are possible solutions?

  19. Face adaptation improves gender discrimination.

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    Yang, Hua; Shen, Jianhong; Chen, Juan; Fang, Fang

    2011-01-01

    Adaptation to a visual pattern can alter the sensitivities of neuronal populations encoding the pattern. However, the functional roles of adaptation, especially in high-level vision, are still equivocal. In the present study, we performed three experiments to investigate if face gender adaptation could affect gender discrimination. Experiments 1 and 2 revealed that adapting to a male/female face could selectively enhance discrimination for male/female faces. Experiment 3 showed that the discrimination enhancement induced by face adaptation could transfer across a substantial change in three-dimensional face viewpoint. These results provide further evidence suggesting that, similar to low-level vision, adaptation in high-level vision could calibrate the visual system to current inputs of complex shapes (i.e. face) and improve discrimination at the adapted characteristic.

  20. Problems Faced with High-Temperature Microwave Absorbing M aterials%高温吸波材料研究面临的问题

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    周万城; 王婕; 罗发; 朱冬梅; 黄智斌; 卿玉长

    2013-01-01

    The problems in researches of high-temperature microwave absorbing materials are discussed .It is indicated that raising absorbance in high temperature has been the goal of researches of high-temperature microwave absorbing mate-rials.The way to further increase the absorbance of high-temperature microwave absorbing materials is in-depth under-standing the basic phenomenon and mechanisms of the response of various lattice defects in a material to microwave elec-tromagnetic field.The designable ability of periodical structure microwave absorbing materials , including metamaterial, makes them potential good high-temperature microwave absorbing materials.Oxidation, chemical reaction, and diffusion are problems of research and application of high-temperature microwave absorbing material .As for high-temperature mi-crowave absorbing coatings, bonding strength and thermal shocking resistance are also major problems .Since the measures that optimize the application properties of high-temperature microwave absorbing composites often decrease the microwave absorbance of the material, so comprehensive optimization of application properties and microwave absorbance is the most difficult problem to be solved with high-temperature microwave absorbing composites .Compared with materials with a simi-lar application environment, high-temperature microwave absorbing materials have the same property-requirement for appli-cation, in addition to the requirement for good microwave absorbance at high temperatures .Therefore, high-temperature microwave absorbing materials have more degree of difficulty than materials with a similar application environment .%分析了目前高温吸波材料研究面临的问题,指出提高高温吸波材料的高温吸波性能一直都是高温吸波材料研究追求的方向,深入基础研究,认清各种材料微观缺陷在电磁场中的响应及其机理,是进一步提高吸波材料高温吸波性能的主要方向,周期结构吸

  1. Odorant binding proteins of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta: an example of the problems facing the analysis of widely divergent proteins.

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    Dietrich Gotzek

    Full Text Available We describe the odorant binding proteins (OBPs of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, obtained from analyses of an EST library and separate 454 sequencing runs of two normalized cDNA libraries. We identified a total of 18 putative functional OBPs in this ant. A third of the fire ant OBPs are orthologs to honey bee OBPs. Another third of the OBPs belong to a lineage-specific expansion, which is a common feature of insect OBP evolution. Like other OBPs, the different fire ant OBPs share little sequence similarity (∼ 20%, rendering evolutionary analyses difficult. We discuss the resulting problems with sequence alignment, phylogenetic analysis, and tests of selection. As previously suggested, our results underscore the importance for careful exploration of the sensitivity to the effects of alignment methods for data comprising widely divergent sequences.

  2. AN H-BASED A - φ METHOD WITH A NONMATCHING GRID FOR EDDY CURRENT PROBLEM WITH DISCONTINUOUS COEFFICIENTS

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    Tong Kang; Zheng-peng Wu; De-hao Yu

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, we investigate the finite element A - φ method to approximate the eddy current equations with discontinuous coefficients in general three-dimensional Lipschitz polyhedral eddy current region. Nonmatching finite element meshes on the interface are considered and optimal error estimates are obtained.

  3. GIREP Conference in Israel: Oscillations and Waves and Current Problems in Physics Teaching (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, 19-24 August 1979).

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    Mikelskis, Helmut

    1980-01-01

    Discusses oscillations and waves as a new topic for primary and secondary science curricula because of the many developments in the fields of optics and electronics. Outlines current problems in physics instruction under the headings of social aspects, disadvantaged pupils, and developing countries. (GS)

  4. Seeing a haptically explored face: visual facial-expression aftereffect from haptic adaptation to a face.

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    Matsumiya, Kazumichi

    2013-10-01

    Current views on face perception assume that the visual system receives only visual facial signals. However, I show that the visual perception of faces is systematically biased by adaptation to a haptically explored face. Recently, face aftereffects (FAEs; the altered perception of faces after adaptation to a face) have been demonstrated not only in visual perception but also in haptic perception; therefore, I combined the two FAEs to examine whether the visual system receives face-related signals from the haptic modality. I found that adaptation to a haptically explored facial expression on a face mask produced a visual FAE for facial expression. This cross-modal FAE was not due to explicitly imaging a face, response bias, or adaptation to local features. Furthermore, FAEs transferred from vision to haptics. These results indicate that visual face processing depends on substrates adapted by haptic faces, which suggests that face processing relies on shared representation underlying cross-modal interactions.

  5. A Novel Method for 3D Face Detection and Normalization

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    Robert Niese

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available When automatically analyzing images of human faces, either for recognition in biometry applications or facial expression analysis in human machine interaction, one has to cope with challenges caused by different head pose, illumination and expression. In this article we propose a new stereo based method for effectively solving the pose problem through 3D face detection and normalization. The proposed method applies a model-based matching and is especially intended for the study of facial features and the description of their dynamic changes in image sequences under the assumption of non-cooperative persons. In our work, we are currently implementing a new application to observe and analyze single faces of post-operative patients. In the proposed method, face detection is based on color driven clustering of 3D points derived from stereo. A mesh model is matched with the post-processed face cluster using a variant of the Iterative Closest Point algorithm (ICP. Pose is derived from correspondence. Then, pose and model information is used for the synthesis of the face normalization. Results show, stereo and color are powerful cues for finding the face and its pose under a wide range of poses, illuminations and expressions (PIE. Head orientation may vary in out of plane rotations up to ±45°.

  6. Face Recognition Using Kernel Discriminant Analysis

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    2002-01-01

    Linear Discrimiant Analysis (LDA) has demonstrated their success in face recognition. But LDA is difficult to handle the high nonlinear problems, such as changes of large viewpoint and illumination in face recognition. In order to overcome these problems, we investigate Kernel Discriminant Analysis (KDA) for face recognition. This approach adopts the kernel functions to replace the dot products of nonlinear mapping in the high dimensional feature space, and then the nonlinear problem can be solved in the input space conveniently without explicit mapping. Two face databases are used to test KDA approach. The results show that our approach outperforms the conventional PCA(Eigenface) and LDA(Fisherface) approaches.

  7. Current Problems of Improving the Environmental Certification and Output Compliance Verification in the Context of Environmental Management in Kazakhstan

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    Zhambaev, Yerzhan S.; Sagieva, Galia K.; Bazarbek, Bakhytzhan Zh.; Akkulov, Rustem T.

    2016-01-01

    The article discusses the issues of improving the activity of subjects of environmental management in accordance with international environmental standards and national environmental legislation. The article deals with the problem of ensuring the implementation of international environmental standards, the introduction of eco-management, and the…

  8. Routization Problem Complicated by the Dependence of Costs Functions and «Current» Restrictions From the Tasks List

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    A. G Chentsov

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The problem of a routization of the movements complicated by the restrictions of different type (preceding conditions, the restrictions on the attainability of states by each movement and others is considered. A multivariance at the movement step is permitted, it is naturally resulted in the problem about the visiting of megalopolises. The costs of movements and jobs executed when visiting megalopolises may depend on the list of tacks. This list may correspond to performed or unperformed tasks. ”Current” restrictions (on movements may depend on the aforementioned list of tasks. The considered setting is oriented to the application with regard to a nuclear power engineering problems (the problem of decreasing irradiation of the nuclear power station staff when executing a complex of tasks under high radiation intensity and the machine building. In the second case, which consists in controling a machine for the sheet cutting of details by the numerical program control machines, ”current” restrictions on movements may be conditioned by temperature tolerance relative to the fragments of sheet which have already been ”visited” by the cutting machine. The scheme of constructing the optimal solution based on the widely understood dynamic programming is considered in this article. The used algorithm is realized on a personal computer; the results of its application are illustrated by the modelling examples.

  9. Eddy current imaging. Limits of the born approximation and advantages of an exact solution to the inverse problem; Imagerie par courants de Foucault. Limites de l`approximation de Born et interet d`une resolution exacte du probleme inverse

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    Hamman, E.; Zorgati, R.

    1995-12-31

    Eddy current non-destructive testing is used by EDF to detect flaws affecting conductive objects such as steam generator tubes. With a view to obtaining ever more accurate information on equipment integrity, thereby facilitating diagnosis, studies aimed at using measurements to reconstruct an image of the flaw have been proceeding now for about ten years. In this context, our approach to eddy current imaging is based on inverse problem formalism. The direct problem, involving a mathematical model linking measurements provided by a probe with variables characterizing the defect, is dealt with elsewhere. Using the model results, we study the possibility of inverting it, i.e. of reconstructing an image of the flaw from the measurements. We first give an overview of the different inversion techniques, representative of the state of the art and all based on linearization of the inverse problem by means of the Born approximation. The model error resulting from an excessive Born approximation nevertheless severely limits the quantity of the images which can be obtained. In order to counteract this often critical error and extend the eddy current imaging application field, we have to del with the non-linear inverse problem. A method derived from recent research is proposed and implemented to ensure consistency with the exact model. Based on an `optimization` type approach and provided with a convergence theorem, the method is highly efficient. (authors). 17 refs., 7 figs., 1 append.

  10. Tunnel Face Stability & New CPT Applications

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    Broere, W.

    2001-01-01

    Nearly all tunnels bored in soft soils have encountered problems with the stability of the tunnel face. In several cases these problems led to an extended stand-still of the boring process. A better understanding of the face stability, and of the soil conditions around the tunnel boring machine, can

  11. Investigation of New Techniques for Face detection

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    Abdallah, Abdallah Sabry

    2007-01-01

    The task of detecting human faces within either a still image or a video frame is one of the most popular object detection problems. For the last twenty years researchers have shown great interest in this problem because it is an essential pre-processing stage for computing systems that process human faces as input data. Example applications include face recognition systems, vision systems for autonomous robots, human computer interaction systems (HCI), surveillance systems, biometric based a...

  12. The centrality of personal relationships in the creation and amelioration of mental health problems: the current interdisciplinary case.

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    Pilgrim, David; Rogers, Anne; Bentall, Richard

    2009-03-01

    An interdisciplinary case is made for the centrality of personal relationships in the creation and amelioration of mental health problems. Taking the work of John Bowlby as a starting point, the article summarizes accumulating evidence from the past 50 years about the link between childhood adversity and adult mental health problems. Evidence is also reviewed about contemporary interpersonal impacts on adult mental health from natural social settings and in professional therapy. These empirical summaries are then discussed in the context of dominant trends in professional knowledge about bio-determinism within psychiatry and the emphasis upon models and techniques in professional and political advocates of the psychological therapies. It is concluded that the latter trends are diverting us from policies, which properly concede the importance of relationships for improving the mental health of the population.

  13. Emotion-independent face recognition

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    De Silva, Liyanage C.; Esther, Kho G. P.

    2000-12-01

    Current face recognition techniques tend to work well when recognizing faces under small variations in lighting, facial expression and pose, but deteriorate under more extreme conditions. In this paper, a face recognition system to recognize faces of known individuals, despite variations in facial expression due to different emotions, is developed. The eigenface approach is used for feature extraction. Classification methods include Euclidean distance, back propagation neural network and generalized regression neural network. These methods yield 100% recognition accuracy when the training database is representative, containing one image representing the peak expression for each emotion of each person apart from the neutral expression. The feature vectors used for comparison in the Euclidean distance method and for training the neural network must be all the feature vectors of the training set. These results are obtained for a face database consisting of only four persons.

  14. Magnetic diagnostics: general principles and the problem of reconstruction of plasma current and pressure profiles in toroidal systems

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    Pustovitov, V.D.

    2000-04-01

    The restrictions of the magnetic diagnostics are discussed. Being related to the integral nature of the measurable quantities, they follow from the fundamental laws of electromagnetism. A series of particular examples demonstrating the strength of these restrictions is given and analyzed. A general rule is emphasized that the information obtained from external magnetic measurements is obviously insufficient for the reliable evaluation of plasma current and pressure profiles in tokamaks or in stellarators. The underlying reason is that outside the plasma the own field of the equilibrium plasma currents is determined by the boundary conditions on the plasma surface only. (author)

  15. Usage problems and social barriers faced by persons with a wheelchair and other aids. Qualitative study from the ergonomics perspective in persons disabled by rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions.

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    Herrera-Saray, Patricia; Peláez-Ballestas, Ingris; Ramos-Lira, Luciana; Sánchez-Monroy, David; Burgos-Vargas, Rubén

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this study was to identify the usage and accessibility problems faced by the disabled (whether in pain or not) users of assistive devices (conventional wheelchairs), identify physical barriers that limit their mobility, and recognize the socio-cultural practices excluding them from the design process of such devices. Another main purpose of this paper is to improve the ergonomic criteria that influence the design and manufacture of assistive devices. 15 patients with any of the following diagnoses: ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, or amputees using wheelchairs in Mexico and Colombia. Qualitative study. Thematic analysis with a theoretical industrial design approach to employing usability testing for ergonomic analysis. We identified 6 issues associated with usability problems from the patient's standpoint: barriers for use of wheelchairs (usability and acceptability), creative adaptations, potential use of technical devices, independence, body perception and assistive devices, and architectural barriers. The ergonomic and usability requirements and the resulting level of independence vary across wheelchair users with chronic pain and those whose disability does not involve pain. The latter are more independent in their movements and decisions. User input is essential in the design of assistive devices. The proposal of "design from and for the user" must rely on both engineering and medical perspective on the ergonomy as well as the user interpretation of the environment and the experience of the disease. Thus we can arrive at a "user-centered design". Copyright © 2012 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.

  16. Disguised face identification using multi-modal features in a quaternionic form

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    Apostolopoulos, George; Tzitzilonis, Vasileios; Kappatos, Vassilios;

    2017-01-01

    Disguised face recognition is considered as very challenging and important problem in the face recognition field. A disguised face recognition algorithm is proposed using quaternionic representation. The feature extraction module is accomplished with a new method, decomposing each face image...

  17. Megacities: turning ten million faces at Swedish environmental technology

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    Mejia Dugand, Santiago; Hjelm, Olof; Baas, Leenard

    2011-01-01

    The world is facing a tremendous challenge with its current urbanization trend. In particular, two types of cities–i.e. emerging and transitional–are of interest given their rapid population growth and the subsequent pressure put on its infrastructure and logistics and on its surrounding environment. This can represent huge business opportunities for companies in Sweden, where population growth has stabilized and a lot of these problems have been already addressed. At the same time, the host ...

  18. The current economic problems of co-ordination Analysis%目前经济问题统筹试析

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    田富强

    2013-01-01

    Reasonable disposal of hot economic problems requires strategic planning, in inflationary pressures, the timely start of the income doubling plan, and popularity of social security, in order to stabilize prices and reduce the pressure of RMB appreciation.%  目前热点经济问题的合理处置需要战略筹划,在通胀压力下,适时启动收入倍增计划,并普及社保,以平抑房价,减轻人民币升值压力。

  19. An Approach to Face Recognition of 2-D Images Using Eigen Faces and PCA

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Face detection is to find any face in a given image. Face recognition is a two-dimension problem used for detecting faces. The information contained in a face can be analysed automatically by this system like identity, gender, expression, age, race and pose. Normally face detection is done for a single image but it can also be extended for video stream. As the face images are normally upright, they can be described by a small set of 2-D characteristics views. Here the face images are projected to a feature space or face space to encode the variation between the known face images. The projected feature space or the face space can be defined as ‘eigenfaces’ and can be formed by eigenvectors of the face image set. The above process can be used to recognize a new face in unsupervised manner. This paper introduces an algorithm which is used for effective face recognition. It takes into consideration not only the face extraction but also the mathematical calculations which enable us to bring the image into a simple and technical form. It can also be implemented in real-time using data acquisition hardware and software interface with the face recognition systems. Face recognition can be applied to various domains including security systems, personal identification, image and film processing and human computer interaction.

  20. Theoretical and numerical analysis of current-driven electromagnetic homogenization and the problem of effective medium parameters for finite samples

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    Markel, Vadim A

    2013-01-01

    Reflection and refraction of electromagnetic waves by artificial periodic composites (metamaterials) can be accurately modeled by an effective medium theory only if the boundary of the medium is explicitly taken into account and the two effective parameters of the medium -- the index of refraction and the impedance -- are correctly determined. Theories that consider infinite periodic composites do not satisfy the above condition. As a result, they cannot model reflection and transmission by finite samples with the desired accuracy and are not useful for design of metamaterial-based devices. As an instructive case in point, we consider the "current-driven" homogenization theory, which has recently gained popularity. We apply this theory to the case of one-dimensional periodic medium wherein both exact and homogenization results can be obtained analytically in closed form. We show that, beyond the well-understood zero-cell limit, the current-driven homogenization result is inconsistent with the exact reflection...

  1. A survey of waterfowl problems in Alaska for the purpose of identifying research needs: Preliminary draft

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This report highlights the many and varied problems facing the waterfowl resource of Alaska. Current waterfowl investigations and management programs aimed at...

  2. Current Aeromedical Issues in Rotary Wing Operations. (Problemes actuels de medecine aeronautique poses par les operations utilisant des voilures tournantes)

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    1999-08-01

    accident, the other had early ankylosing malformation (eg spondylolisthesis) and previous spinal spondylitis . surgery. The current locations of all...Caldwell, K.A. Roberts and H.D. Jones The Effects of Exercise Versus Napping on Alertness and Mood in Sleep-Deprived Aviators 28 by P.A. LeDuc, J.A...for aircrew and passengers involved of Zolpiden and exercise on the performance of in mishaps. It was made by an analysis of sleep deprived pilots

  3. Depression and Associated Suicidal Behaviour in Children and Adolescents: Current Views and the Problem State Part 2

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available There has been performed the analytical analysis of the world literature dedicated to the epidemiology, etiology, current approaches to the pathogenesis, clinical picture and diagnosis criteria for the depressive disorders in children and adolescents as well as the associated suicidal behavior and the social significance of this disease with its consequences. Key recommendations on the treatment and prophylaxis of depression in children and adolescents according to the last evidence-base European and American guidelines are considered.

  4. Current Economic and Financial Crisis – New Issues or Returning to the Old Problems? Paradigms, Causes, Effects and Solutions Adopted

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    Felix TOTIR

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available At the ideological level, the current crisis, as the others in history, has triggered an intellectual debate among several applicable ideas: ultra-liberal theory of the "invisible hand" of Adam Smith, Keynes's theory of state interventionism and even neo-Marxist theories. Globalization, with all its core components, generates a chain reaction when the phenomenon occurs, either positive or negative. The origin of the current financial crisis should be sought in the effects of massive cross-border capital flows and the use of more complex derivatives. Reaching the saturation of the three engines of economic growth worldwide in the period after the collapse of the socialist bloc is another important cause of all the failures that currently exist worldwide. Acquisition of toxic assets from bank balance sheets, their recapitalization and takeover by the state, but also the reinforcement of the prudential supervision of capitalization, liquidity and risk management system, improved transparency and speed the process of evaluating or reinforcing authorities' response to risk, can be considered short or long term anti-crisis measures, as appropriate.

  5. The magnetic field of cortical current sources: the application of a spatial filtering model to the forward and inverse problems.

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    Tan, S; Roth, B J; Wikswo, J P

    1990-07-01

    We extend our theoretical model based on spatial filtering to determine the ability of a SQUID magnetometer to resolve 2 localized current sources in the brain. We find that in order to resolve 2 separated but coaxial cortical sources, the source-to-pickup coil distance must be comparable to the distance between the 2 sources. The size of the current sources affects the resolving power of a magnetometer, but an anisotropy of 3 in the cortical tissue does not produce a significant effect. The model also provides a solution of the inverse calculation, either to reconstruct the original current source distribution from the measured magnetic field, or to continue the field at the magnetometer inward towards the sources. Both the inverse and inward calculations are limited by the fact that the inverse filter function serves as a high-pass filter, which leads to instabilities at high spatial frequencies, particularly in the presence of noise. The instabilities can be minimized by choosing an appropriate window to attenuate the noise, but this in turn reduces the spatial resolution.

  6. Current and future prospects for the application of systematic theoretical methods to the study of problems in physical oceanography

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    Constantin, A., E-mail: adrian.constantin@kcl.ac.uk [Department of Mathematics, King' s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS (United Kingdom); Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna (Austria); Johnson, R.S., E-mail: r.s.johnson@ncl.ac.uk [School of Mathematics & Statistics, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU (United Kingdom)

    2016-09-07

    Highlights: • Systematic theoretical methods in studies of equatorial ocean dynamics. • Linear wave-current interactions in stratified flows. • Exact solutions – Kelvin waves, azimuthal non-uniform currents. • Three-dimensional nonlinear currents. • Hamiltonian formulation for the governing equations and for structure-preserving/enhancing approximations. - Abstract: This essay is a commentary on the pivotal role of systematic theoretical methods in physical oceanography. At some level, there will always be a conflict between theory and experiment/data collection: Which is pre-eminent? Which should come first? This issue appears to be particularly marked in physical oceanography, to the extreme detriment of the development of the subject. It is our contention that the classical theory of fluids, coupled with methods from the theory of differential equations, can play a significant role in carrying the subject, and our understanding, forward. We outline the philosophy behind a systematic theoretical approach, highlighting some aspects of equatorial ocean dynamics where these methods have already been successful, paving the way for much more in the future and leading, we expect, to the better understanding of this and many other types of ocean flow. We believe that the ideas described here promise to reveal a rich and beautiful dynamical structure.

  7. Facing the mathematics problem, two cases considered

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    van Gastel, L.; Brouwer-Zupancic, N.; Ekimova, L.; Rienties, B.; Giesbers, B.; Gijselaers, W.

    2008-01-01

    The Dutch Parliament organized an inquiry in the effects of recent educational innovations. The main conclusions were that innovations were implemented without large support in the field, and that they were not evaluated. Often there was lack of evidence whether innovations did improve education.

  8. Facing the mathematics problem, two cases considered

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    L. van Gastel; N. Brouwer-Zupancic; L. Ekimova

    2008-01-01

    The Dutch Parliament organized an inquiry in the effects of recent educational innovations. The main conclusions were that innovations were implemented without large support in the field, and that they were not evaluated. Often there was lack of evidence whether innovations did improve education. On

  9. European cinema: face to face with Hollywood

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    T. Elsaesser

    2005-01-01

    In the face of renewed competition from Hollywood since the early 1980s and the challenges posed to Europe's national cinemas by the fall of the Wall in 1989, independent filmmaking in Europe has begun to re-invent itself. European Cinema: Face to Face with Hollywood re-assesses the different debate

  10. Mapping Teacher-Faces

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    Thompson, Greg; Cook, Ian

    2013-01-01

    This paper uses Deleuze and Guattari's concept of faciality to analyse the teacher's face. According to Deleuze and Guattari, the teacher-face is a special type of face because it is an "overcoded" face produced in specific landscapes. This paper suggests four limit-faces for teacher faciality that actualise different mixes of significance and…

  11. Iodine-131 metaiodobenzylguanidine (I-131 MIBG) diagnosis and therapy of pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma: current problems, critical issues and presentation of a sample case.

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    Castellani, M R; Aktolun, C; Buzzoni, R; Seregni, E; Chiesa, C; Maccauro, M; Aliberti, G L; Vellani, C; Lorenzoni, A; Bombardieri, E

    2013-06-01

    Iodine-131 metaiodobenzylguanidine (I-131 MIBG) has been used for the diagnosis and treatment of malignant pheochromocytomas (PHEO) and paragangliomas (PGL) since 1980's. Despite increasing amount of experience with iodine-131 (I-131) MIBG therapy, many important questions still exist. In this article, we will discuss the current problems learned from clinical experience in diagnosis and therapy of PHEO/PGL with I-131 MIBG, and present a sample case to emphasize the critical aspects for an optimal treatment strategy.

  12. 基于参数曲面三维势问题的边界面法%A boundary face method for 3D potential problems based on parametric surface

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    覃先云; 张见明; 庄超

    2011-01-01

    This work presents a new implementation of the boundary element method (BEM), here called the boundary face method (BFM). The conventional BEM uses the standard elements for boundary integration and approximation of the geometry, and thus introduces errors of geometry. In this paper, the boundary faces of the geometry are discretized by patches in parametric space. Both boundary integration and variable approximation are also performed in the parametric space. The geometric data at Gaussian integration points, such as the coordinates, the Jacobians and the out normals are calculated directly from the faces rather than from elements, and thus no geometric error will be introduced. The BFM has real potential to seamlessly interact with CAD software, because its implementation can be directly based on a CAD model through its Brep data. Numerical examples for 3D potential problems demonstrate that the new method provides not only more accurate results than the conventional BEM, but also a new way toward automatic simulation, as simulations can be greatly simplified with our method.%提出了边界元法(BEM)的一种新的实现方法——边界面法(BFM)。在传统的边界元法中,单元不仅用来进行边界积分和函数插值,而且用来近似几何体。当离散网格较稀疏时,会引起较大几何误差,因而影响计算精度。本文基于参数曲面,将几何实体的边界曲面离散为参数空间里的曲面单元,边界积分和场变量的插值都是在曲面参数空间里进行。积分点的几何数据,如坐标、雅可比、外法向量都是直接由曲面算得,而不是通过单元插值近似,从而避免了几何误差。另外,该方法的实现是直接基于边界表征的CAD模型,做到了与CAD软件的无缝连接。三维位势问题的数值实例表明,该方法不仅比传统边界元法具有更高的精度,而且使用非常方便,容易做到自动分析。

  13. 当前高校学生党建工作存在的问题及对策探析%Current Problems and Countermeasures of College Students' Party Building Work

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    石莹; 邓思然

    2012-01-01

    当前,受到经济全球化、政治多极化、社会信息化、价值多元化等诸多因素的深刻影响,高校学生党建工作面临新的挑战,出现了一系列新的问题:学生党员入党动机不纯,功利主义取向明显;党员教育管理工作滞后,工作创新性、针对性、有效性不足;高校学生党建工作队伍整体素质不高,工作水平亟待加强等。为此,对当前高校学生党建工作的现状及存在的问题进行深入的分析与探讨,并提出科学合理的对策建议,是当前高校学生党建工作的当务之急。%At present,by the profound impact of economic globalization and political multi-polarization and social information,the value of diversification of many factors,College Students' Party work is facing new challenges,a series of new problems:student party members impure motives,obvious utilitarian orientation;education of Party members lag,the work of innovative,targeted,the effectiveness of less than;college students' Party work is not high overall quality,level of work should be strengthened.To this end,the current status of college students' Party work and problems of in-depth analysis and discussion,and to make scientific and reasonable suggestions,and current college students the top priority of the work of party building.

  14. Xeno-free derivation and culture of human embryonic stem cells: current status,problems and challenges

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    Ting Lei; Sandrine Jacob; Imen Ajil-Zaraa; Jean-Bernard Dubuisson; Olivier Irion; Marisa Jaconi; Anis Feki

    2007-01-01

    Human embryonic stem cells (hESC) not only hold great promise for the treatment of degenerative diseases but also provide a valuable tool for developmental studies. However, the clinical applications of hESC are at present limited by xeno-contamination during the in vitro derivation and propagation of these cells. In this review, we summarize the current methodologies for the derivation and the propagation of hESC in conditions that will eventually enable the generation of clinical-grade cells for future therapeutic applications.

  15. A Hybrid Shuffled Frog Leaping Algorithm to Solve Optimal Directional Over Current Relay Coordination Problem for Power Delivery System with DGs

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    Mohammad Sadegh Payam

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This study presents a new approach for simultaneous coordinated tuning of over current relay for a Power Delivery System (PDS including Distribution Generations (DGs. In the proposed scheme, instead of changing in protection system structure or using new elements, solving of relay coordination problem is done with revising of relays setting in presence of DGs. For this, the relay coordination problem is formulated as the optimization problem by considering two strategies: minimizing the relays operation time and minimizing the number of changes in relays setting. Also, an efficient hybrid algorithm based on Shuffled Frog Leaping (SFL algorithm and Linear Programming (LP is introduced for solving complex and non-convex optimization problem. To investigate the ability of the proposed method, a 30-bus IEEE test system is considered. Three scenarios are examined to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed approach to solve the directional overcurrent relay coordination problem for a PDS with DGs. Simulation result show the efficiency of proposed method.

  16. An Approach to Face Recognition of 2-D Images Using Eigen Faces and PCA

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    Annapurna Mishra

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Face detection is to find any face in a given image. Face recognition is a two-dimension problem used fordetecting faces. The information contained in a face can be analysed automatically by this system likeidentity, gender, expression, age, race and pose. Normally face detection is done for a single image but itcan also be extended for video stream. As the face images are normally upright, they can be described by asmall set of 2-D characteristics views. Here the face images are projected to a feature space or face spaceto encode the variation between the known face images. The projected feature space or the face space canbe defined as ‘eigenfaces’ and can be formed by eigenvectors of the face image set. The above process canbe used to recognize a new face in unsupervised manner. This paper introduces an algorithm which is usedfor effective face recognition. It takes into consideration not only the face extraction but also themathematical calculations which enable us to bring the image into a simple and technical form. It can alsobe implemented in real-time using data acquisition hardware and software interface with the facerecognition systems. Face recognition can be applied to various domains including security systems,personal identification, image and film processing and human computer interaction.

  17. Current approaches to improve the anticancer chemotherapy with alkylating agents: state of the problem in world and Ukraine.

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    Iatsyshyna A. P.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Alkylating agents are frequently used in many established anticancer chemotherapies. They alkylate the genomic DNA at various sites. Alkylation of the guanine at the O6-position is cytotoxic, it has the strongest mutagenic potential, as well as can cause the tumor development. Alkyl groups at the O6-position of guanine are removed by the DNA repair enzyme O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT. The effectiveness of alkylating chemotherapy is limited by MGMT in cancer cells and adverse toxic side effects in normal cells. Different approaches consisting in the modulation of the MGMT expression and activity are under development now to improve the cancer chemotherapy. They include two main directions, in particular, the increase in chemosensitivity of cancer cells to alkylating drugs and the protection of normal cells from the toxic side effects of chemotherapy. This review is focused on current attempts to improve the alkylating chemotherapy of malignant tumours worldwide and state of the issue in Ukraine

  18. Engineering change management report 2012: Survey results on causes and effects, current practice, problems, and strategies in Brazil

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    Chucholowski, Nepomuk; Langer, Stefan; Ferreira, Marcelo Gitirana Gomes

    management of engineering changes is a crucial precondition for Brazilian companies to successfully compete not only on the fast growing Brazilian market, but also on the world market which becomes more interesting due to the rising industrial power of Brazil. To achieve improvements in engineering change...... management practice, industry and universities need to work together. In this report the main findings of our study on Engineering Change Management (ECM) in Brazilian companies are presented, which indicate possible solution strategies and further research needs. Our survey aimed on the investigation...... of current practice, the biggest challenges and potential strategies of engineering change management. A total of 55 Brazilian companies from a broad range of industry sectors and company sizes participated from December 2011 until January 2012 in the survey which was elaborated and conducted by members...

  19. Current problems of radiographic testing and radiation protection. Contributions; Aktuelle Fragen der Durchstrahlungspruefung und des Strahlenschutzes. Beitraege

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    2014-06-01

    These seminar proceedings contain eight contributions in the form of summaries, some with PowerPoint slides, on the following topics: 1. Selected applications of radiographic testing in lightweight construction (T. Wenzel et al.); 2. X-ray computer tomography in lightweight construction (H.-J. Ullrich); 3. Testing of castings at Volkswagen using atline computer tomography (F. Hansen et al.), 4: Use of X-ray computer tomography for inspection of fibre-reinforced structures in the aerospace sector (T. Ullmann et al.); 5. New standards in digital radiography and for the phaseout of film radiography - from welding techniques to fibre composites (U. Ewert); 6. The current model approvals for nondestructive testing - what do the regulations require of the radiation protection supervisor and the radiation protection officer? (A. Lange); 7. Pulsed x-ray radiation - what measurement devices come into consideration? - current status and developments (F. Busch); 8. The revised EURATOM basic radiation protection standards - What changes await industrial radiography? [German] Diese Seminar-CD enthaelt acht Beitraege in Form von Kurzfassungen, zum Teil auch mit PowerPoint-Folien, zu folgenden Themen: 1. Ausgewaehlte Anwendungen der Durchstrahlungspruefung im Leichtbau (T. Wenzel et al.); 2. Roentgen-Computer-Tomographie im Leichtbau (H.-J. Ullrich); 3. Pruefung der Gussproduktion bei Volkswagen mit Hilfe der atline Computertomographie (F. Hansen et al.), 4: Einsatz der Roentgen-Computertomographie zur Untersuchung von Faserverbundstrukturen in der Luft- und Raumfahrt (T. Ullmann et al.); 5. Neue Standards zur Digitalen Radiographie und zum Filmersatz - von der Schweisstechnik bis zu Faserkompositen (U. Ewert); 6. Die aktuellen Muster-Genehmigungen in der ZfP - Was verlangen die Auflagen vom SSV und SSB? (A. Lange); 7. Gepulste Roentgenstrahlung - Welche Messgeraete waeren einsetzbar?. - Stand und Entwicklung (F. Busch); 8. Die neue EURATOM-Strahlenschutzgrundnorm - Welche

  20. Facing a dark winter. Albania

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    Truijen, A.

    2007-11-15

    Albania is once again facing a dark winter. The country has already been suffering power cuts lasting a couple of hours a day for the past seventeen years, Drought, increased power consumption and political maladministration are the factors underlying the electricity problems that have now mushroomed into a national crisis.

  1. Original and Mirror Face Images and Minimum Squared Error Classification for Visible Light Face Recognition

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    Rong Wang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In real-world applications, the image of faces varies with illumination, facial expression, and poses. It seems that more training samples are able to reveal possible images of the faces. Though minimum squared error classification (MSEC is a widely used method, its applications on face recognition usually suffer from the problem of a limited number of training samples. In this paper, we improve MSEC by using the mirror faces as virtual training samples. We obtained the mirror faces generated from original training samples and put these two kinds of samples into a new set. The face recognition experiments show that our method does obtain high accuracy performance in classification.

  2. Original and Mirror Face Images and Minimum Squared Error Classification for Visible Light Face Recognition.

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    Wang, Rong

    2015-01-01

    In real-world applications, the image of faces varies with illumination, facial expression, and poses. It seems that more training samples are able to reveal possible images of the faces. Though minimum squared error classification (MSEC) is a widely used method, its applications on face recognition usually suffer from the problem of a limited number of training samples. In this paper, we improve MSEC by using the mirror faces as virtual training samples. We obtained the mirror faces generated from original training samples and put these two kinds of samples into a new set. The face recognition experiments show that our method does obtain high accuracy performance in classification.

  3. Robust Face Image Matching under Illumination Variations

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    Yang Chyuan-Huei Thomas

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Face image matching is an essential step for face recognition and face verification. It is difficult to achieve robust face matching under various image acquisition conditions. In this paper, a novel face image matching algorithm robust against illumination variations is proposed. The proposed image matching algorithm is motivated by the characteristics of high image gradient along the face contours. We define a new consistency measure as the inner product between two normalized gradient vectors at the corresponding locations in two images. The normalized gradient is obtained by dividing the computed gradient vector by the corresponding locally maximal gradient magnitude. Then we compute the average consistency measures for all pairs of the corresponding face contour pixels to be the robust matching measure between two face images. To alleviate the problem due to shadow and intensity saturation, we introduce an intensity weighting function for each individual consistency measure to form a weighted average of the consistency measure. This robust consistency measure is further extended to integrate multiple face images of the same person captured under different illumination conditions, thus making our robust face matching algorithm. Experimental results of applying the proposed face image matching algorithm on some well-known face datasets are given in comparison with some existing face recognition methods. The results show that the proposed algorithm consistently outperforms other methods and achieves higher than 93% recognition rate with three reference images for different datasets under different lighting conditions.

  4. Learning faces: similar comparator faces do not improve performance.

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    Scott P Jones

    Full Text Available Recent evidence indicates that comparison of two similar faces can aid subsequent discrimination between them. However, the fact that discrimination between two faces is facilitated by comparing them directly does not demonstrate that comparison produces a general improvement in the processing of faces. It remains an open question whether the opportunity to compare a "target" face to similar faces can facilitate the discrimination of the exposed target face from other nonexposed faces. In Experiment 1, selection of a target face from an array of novel foils was not facilitated by intermixed exposure to the target and comparators of the same sex. Experiment 2 also found no advantage for similar comparators (morphed towards the target over unmorphed same sex comparators, or over repeated target exposure alone. But all repeated exposure conditions produced better performance than a single brief presentation of the target. Experiment 3 again demonstrated that repeated exposure produced equivalent learning in same sex and different sex comparator conditions, and also showed that increasing the number of same sex or different sex comparators failed to improve identification. In all three experiments, exposure to a target alongside similar comparators failed to support selection of the target from novel test stimuli to a greater degree than exposure alongside dissimilar comparators or repeated target exposure alone. The current results suggest that the facilitatory effects of comparison during exposure may be limited to improving discrimination between exposed stimuli, and thus our results do not support the idea that providing the opportunity for comparison is a practical means for improving face identification.

  5. How artificial intelligence tools can be used to assess individual patient risk in cardiovascular disease: problems with the current methods.

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    Grossi, Enzo

    2006-05-03

    In recent years a number of algorithms for cardiovascular risk assessment has been proposed to the medical community. These algorithms consider a number of variables and express their results as the percentage risk of developing a major fatal or non-fatal cardiovascular event in the following 10 to 20 years The author has identified three major pitfalls of these algorithms, linked to the limitation of the classical statistical approach in dealing with this kind of non linear and complex information. The pitfalls are the inability to capture the disease complexity, the inability to capture process dynamics, and the wide confidence interval of individual risk assessment. Artificial Intelligence tools can provide potential advantage in trying to overcome these limitations. The theoretical background and some application examples related to artificial neural networks and fuzzy logic have been reviewed and discussed. The use of predictive algorithms to assess individual absolute risk of cardiovascular future events is currently hampered by methodological and mathematical flaws. The use of newer approaches, such as fuzzy logic and artificial neural networks, linked to artificial intelligence, seems to better address both the challenge of increasing complexity resulting from a correlation between predisposing factors, data on the occurrence of cardiovascular events, and the prediction of future events on an individual level.

  6. How artificial intelligence tools can be used to assess individual patient risk in cardiovascular disease: problems with the current methods

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    Grossi Enzo

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In recent years a number of algorithms for cardiovascular risk assessment has been proposed to the medical community. These algorithms consider a number of variables and express their results as the percentage risk of developing a major fatal or non-fatal cardiovascular event in the following 10 to 20 years Discussion The author has identified three major pitfalls of these algorithms, linked to the limitation of the classical statistical approach in dealing with this kind of non linear and complex information. The pitfalls are the inability to capture the disease complexity, the inability to capture process dynamics, and the wide confidence interval of individual risk assessment. Artificial Intelligence tools can provide potential advantage in trying to overcome these limitations. The theoretical background and some application examples related to artificial neural networks and fuzzy logic have been reviewed and discussed. Summary The use of predictive algorithms to assess individual absolute risk of cardiovascular future events is currently hampered by methodological and mathematical flaws. The use of newer approaches, such as fuzzy logic and artificial neural networks, linked to artificial intelligence, seems to better address both the challenge of increasing complexity resulting from a correlation between predisposing factors, data on the occurrence of cardiovascular events, and the prediction of future events on an individual level.

  7. 多元文化背景下国际正义面临的新课题%New Problems that Internationalism faces in the Multi-cultural Background

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    何建华

    2009-01-01

    The economic globalization leads justice from a domestic issue to an international one. The essence is that the developing countries should have the equal right in survival and development as the developed countries. However, in the multi梒ultural background, the solution to international justice faces a new problem different form the domestic one. Only by considering the economic interests and global interests, establishing equal dialogue mechanism, reaching a consensus of justice and strengthening international cooperation, can the just social order of world's economy be established.%经济全球化使正义问题由国内走向国际.国际正义的实质是发展中国家与发达国家、富人与穷人要有平等的生存权和发展权.然而,在多元文化背景下,解决国际正义问题,面临着解决国内正义问题所不同的新课题.世界各国唯有在兼顾经济利益和全球利益的前提下,建立平等对话机制,积极达成时正义的共识,加强国际合作,才能建立公平正义的世界经济社会秩序.

  8. [Current state of training in pharmacy education using a problem-based learning/tutorial model with simulated patients and standardized patients at National University Corporation].

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    Irie, Tetsumi; Nitta, Atsumi; Akaike, Akinori

    2012-01-01

    Simulated/standardized patient-based (SP) education and problem-based learning (PBL) tutorial education become a powerful tool to heighten the pharmacy students' will to learn in order to cultivate the responsibility to contribute to public health and welfare as a clinical professional and to facilitate students' competences to solve problems by themselves. What this program is trying to do is: 1) to establish the system to train, educate and supply SP who are effective in the training and education of pharmacy students in close cooperation with the medical schools and their affiliated hospitals; 2) to improve the quality of the current PBL tutorial education and thereby establish it as an advanced education program in the education of senior students. We carried out the questionnaire to National University Corporation which establishes a school of pharmacy, as to the training and education of SP. The analysis of the answers to the questionnaire revealed the present status of SP in the Pharmaceutical Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in the Pharmaceutical Common Achievement Test, and the existence of the problems on how to standardize SP as well as how to cover such expenses. Furthermore, the activity of the first year consisted of the exchange and sharing of information regarding the existing method of training and education of SP and PBL tutorial education and the identification of the problems to be solved in order to improve the quality of the educational program.

  9. Ethnicity identification from face images

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    Lu, Xiaoguang; Jain, Anil K.

    2004-08-01

    Human facial images provide the demographic information, such as ethnicity and gender. Conversely, ethnicity and gender also play an important role in face-related applications. Image-based ethnicity identification problem is addressed in a machine learning framework. The Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) based scheme is presented for the two-class (Asian vs. non-Asian) ethnicity classification task. Multiscale analysis is applied to the input facial images. An ensemble framework, which integrates the LDA analysis for the input face images at different scales, is proposed to further improve the classification performance. The product rule is used as the combination strategy in the ensemble. Experimental results based on a face database containing 263 subjects (2,630 face images, with equal balance between the two classes) are promising, indicating that LDA and the proposed ensemble framework have sufficient discriminative power for the ethnicity classification problem. The normalized ethnicity classification scores can be helpful in the facial identity recognition. Useful as a "soft" biometric, face matching scores can be updated based on the output of ethnicity classification module. In other words, ethnicity classifier does not have to be perfect to be useful in practice.

  10. An effective and practical method for solving an unnegligible problem inherent in the current calculation model for multi-support seismic analysis of structures

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    2010-01-01

    In the seismic analysis of extended structures subject to spatially varying motions, the displacement input model instead of acceleration model is usually adopted for accurate results. In this paper, a more detailed and comprehensive analysis of the displacement input model is carried out and the research shows that there exists an unnegligible problem in the current displacement model, which leads to the irrationality and unconvergence of some calculated results such as base shear etc. Based on the situation, an effective method named massless rigid element (MRE) method is presented to solve the problem. Moreover, the rationality and accuracy of the method are further assessed and the method is applied to a transmission tower-line system project using the commercially available structural analysis software SAP2000. The theoretical and numerical analyses indicate that the MRE approach is not only feasible with sufficient computational accuracy but also practical and can be easily implemented using the commercially available finite element software such as SAP2000.

  11. Face-Lift

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    Tests and Procedures Face-lift By Mayo Clinic Staff A face-lift (rhytidectomy) is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the look of your face and neck. During a face-lift, facial soft tissues are lifted, excess skin is ...

  12. Teaching the Use of a Problem-Solving Process to Early Childhood Educators

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    Ostrosky, Michaelene M.; Cheatham, Gregory A.

    2005-01-01

    Preservice teachers and current teachers alike face daily challenges that necessitate problem-solving skills. Conducting problem solving as a part of a group of professionals and the child's family can be beneficial because it encourages the offering of many perspectives, which allows for better understanding of the problem context. However, a…

  13. 我国现行会计准则存在的问题及对策研究%The Problems of China's Current Accounting Standards and Countermeasures

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    于婧婧

    2014-01-01

    China's accounting standards now have some problems. The defined scopes of the assets need to extend and divide meticulous-ly. The vague provisions of contingent amounts payable need to confirm following the principle of prudence principle of accounting. The use of fair value needs to adopt prudence principle and consider the actual. Facing the problems of identification of non-monetary assets exchange and tax, accounting standards should give an accurate concept and definition, so as to make up for the deficiency.%目前,我国会计准则中资产的界定范围、或有事项处理、公允价值计量与非货币性资产交换等方面存在的问题主要是对资产的定义有待扩展,进行细致划分;或有应付金额确认的规定存在模糊,应该遵照会计的谨慎性原则进行确认;对公允价值的运用既要采用谨慎性原则,还要考虑实际;在处理非货币的资产交换认定和税费的问题时,会计准则应给出一个准确的概念和定义,进而补充各项会计准则的不足之处。

  14. 当前企业工会工作存在的问题和对策%Problem and Countermeasures of Current Corporate Labour Union Work

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    韦振碧

    2012-01-01

      文章结合工会的维权、参与、服务、教育四大职能,分析当前企业工会工作存在的问题,并提出了解决问题的对策。%  Combining with four functions of labour union, maintaining legal rights, participation, service and education, the paper analyzes the problems in current corporate labour union work, and puts forward the solutions.

  15. Covert face priming reveals a 'true face effect' in a case of congenital prosopagnosia.

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    Striemer, Christopher; Gingerich, Trevor; Striemer, Danielle; Dixon, Mike

    2009-12-01

    Previous research indicates that individuals with congenital prosopagnosia (CP) fail to demonstrate significant priming from faces to related names in covert recognition tasks. The interpretation has been that CP precludes the ability to acquire face representations. In the current study we replicated this important finding. In addition, we also demonstrated significant 'true face effect' in a CP patient, where face primes that matched the probe names facilitated reaction times compared to unrelated face primes. These data suggest that some individuals with CP may possess degraded face representations that facilitate the priming of a person's identity, but not semantic associates.

  16. Face Gear Technology for Aerospace Power Transmission Progresses

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    2005-01-01

    The use of face gears in an advanced rotorcraft transmission design was first proposed by the McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company during their contracted effort with the U.S. Army under the Advanced Rotorcraft Transmission (ART) program. Face gears would be used to turn the corner between the horizontal gas turbine engine and the vertical output rotor shaft--a function currently done by spiral bevel gears. This novel gearing arrangement would substantially lower the drive system weight partly because a face gear mesh would be used to split the input power between two output gears. However, the use of face gears and their ability to operate successfully at the speeds and loads required for an aerospace environment was unknown. Therefore a proof-of-concept phase with an existing test stand at the NASA Lewis Research Center was pursued. Hardware was designed that could be tested in Lewis' Spiral Bevel Gear Test Rig. The initial testing indicated that the face gear mesh was a feasible design that could be used at high speeds and load. Surface pitting fatigue was the typical failure mode, and that could lead to tooth fracture. An interim project was conducted to see if slight modifications to the gear tooth geometry or an alternative heat treating process could overcome the surface fatigue problems. From the initial and interim tests, it was apparent that for the surface fatigue problems to be overcome the manufacturing process used for this component would have to be developed to the level used for spiral bevel gears. The current state of the art for face gear manufacturing required using less than optimal gear materials and manufacturing techniques because the surface of the tooth form does not receive final finishing after heat treatment as it does for spiral bevel gears. This resulted in less than desirable surface hardness and manufacturing tolerances. An Advanced Research and Projects Agency (ARPA) Technology Reinvestment Project has been funded to investigate

  17. Interpretative challenges in face analysis

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    de Oliveira, Sandi Michele; Hernández-Flores, Nieves

    2015-01-01

    In current research on face analysis questions of who and what should be interpreted, as well as how, are of central interest. In English language research, this question has led to a debate on the concepts of P1 (laypersons, representing the “emic” perspective) and P2 (researchers, representing ...

  18. Interpretative challenges in face analysis

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    de Oliveira, Sandi Michele; Hernández-Flores, Nieves

    2015-01-01

    In current research on face analysis questions of who and what should be interpreted, as well as how, are of central interest. In English language research, this question has led to a debate on the concepts of P1 (laypersons, representing the “emic” perspective) and P2 (researchers, representing ...

  19. Robust online face tracking-by-detection

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    Comaschi, F.; Stuijk, S.; Basten, T.; Corporaal, H.

    2016-01-01

    The problem of online face tracking from unconstrained videos is still unresolved. Challenges range from coping with severe online appearance variations to coping with occlusion. We propose RFTD (Robust Face Tracking-by-Detection), a system which combines tracking and detection into a single framewo

  20. Disabled Children Face Bullying Throughout School Years

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    ... gov/news/fullstory_162772.html Disabled Children Face Bullying Throughout School Years More must be done to ... 29, 2016 WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Bullying is a problem that affects almost all students ...

  1. The changing face of Ghanaian towns

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    conditions and poor environmental conditions; it is argued that the face of Ghanaian ... and towns are presented with recommendations to help Ghanaian cities and towns ... characterised this geographical region as Ghana's “problem region”.

  2. 我国煤层气开采利用存在的问题及建议%The Problems that China Faces in Coal-Bed Methane Development and Utilization and Some Suggestions

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    靳贝贝

    2014-01-01

    我国煤层气开采利用现状不容乐观,存在扶持政策落实不到位、煤层气抽采难度增大、煤层气和煤炭矿业权制度不完善、煤层气利用受限制等问题。建议从以下几个方面促进我国煤层气开发利用的进程和产业化发展:(1)理顺煤、气资源开发主体;(2)增强经济政策的扶持力度;(3)加强理论研究和基础设施保障;(4)完善法律和标准体系建设。%The main problems that China faces in coal-bed methane development and utilization at present include the following:support policies to implement are not in place;it has become more dififcult in extracting coal bed gas;mining right system relating coal and coal-bed gas is imperfect;and the utilization of coal-bed gas is restricted. On account of this, this paper proposes some measures required for improving the process of coal-bed methane development and utilization, as well as industrial development. These measures lay emphasis on the following:straightening out the main body for coal gas resources development;increasing the support of economic policy;strengthening the theory study and infrastructure assurance;and developing laws and standard system construction.

  3. Problems facing biosecurity capability building in China%认清形势解决问题,加快我国生物安全能力建设步伐

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    郑涛; 黄培堂; 沈倍奋

    2014-01-01

    生物安全是国家安全的重要组成部分,是民族复兴、实现中国梦的重要保证。目前我国面临着日益严峻的生物威胁形势,生物安全能力建设存在一些亟待解决的问题,主要体现在对不同生物威胁形式的相互关系认识不清;对军民融合发展的责权利认识不清;对长期可持续发展与近期应急能力建设的平衡关系认识不清;对生物安全能力建设的多学科交叉趋势认识不清;对破解美国等西方发达国家对我国技术封锁和市场垄断的迫切性认识不清。%Biosecurity is an important component of national security and an important guarantee for national revival and the realization of China's dream.However China is facing increasingly serious biological threats .Biosecurity capability build-ing has some problem .For exanyple ,people have a vague idea about the relationship between different biological threats ,the duties and rights of civil-military integration development , the balance between sustainable development and emergency pre-vention and control capacity-building, multidisciplinary convergence of biosecurity capacity-building, and about ways to break down the technological blockade and market monopoly by the United States and other developed countries .

  4. The Problems that Jiangxi Province Faces in Developing and Utilizing Coal-Bed Gases and Some Suggestions%江西省煤层气开发利用存在的问题及建议

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    黄孝波; 汪恩满

    2014-01-01

    The problems that Jiangxi province faces in developing and utilizing coal-bed gases include the following: weak basic research, lack of the thorough study, complex geological conditions and being dififcult to be developed, low estimated value of coal-bed gases resources, unreasonable mining right setup, dififculty in the use of coal-bed gases, and poor policy and system. On account of this, this paper proposes some measures with a view to furthering initiatives in this regard. These measures lay emphasis on the following: strengthening the basic geological research; increasing financial input to promote economic development and policy leading to arouse the enthusiasm of enterprises to explore and develop coal-bed gases;training professionals and improving facilities;strengthening the management of mining rights and differentiating mining rights reasonably.%江西省煤层气(煤矿瓦斯)开发利用中存在如下问题:基础研究工作薄弱,研究不够深入;地质条件复杂,开发难度大;煤层气资源估算值偏低;矿业权设置不合理;瓦斯利用困难;政策与制度不完善。江西省煤层气(瓦斯)开发利用建议:加强基础地质研究,加大经济投入;加强政策引导,调动瓦斯勘探开发的积极性;完善煤层气(瓦斯)配套人员与设施;加强矿业权管理,合理划分矿业权。

  5. EFL学习者在学术写作中的主要问题及对策%On the Major Problems Faced by Chinese EFL Learners in Academic Writing and Countermeasures

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    许文虎

    2012-01-01

    Chinese EFL(English as a foreign language) learners are faced with a wealth of problems regarding their English academic writing,typically manifested by the informality in writing style,overemphasis on writing as an "end product" and insufficiency of self-motivation.Under such circumstances,the process-based approach to the ESL academic writing instruction in the Chinese context is proposed and justified.Besides,six stages of process-based writing and three ways of giving feedback to students will also be discussed with an eye to helping Chinese ESL learners enhance their academic writing competence through process-based writing.%EFL学习者在学术写作中还面临着诸多问题,突出表现在写作文体非正式性、过分强调写作"成品"性自主性动机匮乏上。在此情况下,实施以"过程写作法"为中心的学术写作教学势在必行。"过程写作法"大致包括六个写作阶段,其反馈方式主要有三种(教师编辑、同伴编辑及自我编辑)。正确实施运用"过程写作法"可以提高EFL学习者的英语学术写作能力。

  6. Study of Different Face Recognition Algorithms and Challenges

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    Uma Shankar Kurmi

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available At present face recognition has wide area of applications such as security, law enforcement. Imaging conditions, Orientation, Pose and presence of occlusion are huge problems associated with face recognition. The performance of face recognition systems decreases due to these problems. Discriminant Analysis (LDA or Principal Components Analysis (PCA is used to get better recognition results. Human face contains relevant information that can extracted from face model developed by PCA technique. Principal Components Analysis method uses eigenface approach to describe face image variation. A face recognition technique that is robust to all situations is not available. Some techniques are better in case of illumination, some for pose problem and some for occlusion problem. This paper presents some algorithms for face recognition.

  7. An Analysis of the Face Issues in The Wedding Banquet

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    SUN Yan-ni

    2015-01-01

    After a review of current studies both home&abroad about face issue, the thesis analyzes the face issues in the movie The Wedding Banquet from four perspectives with face theory to show the different degrees of concern, understanding, and views of face between Chinese and American.

  8. Newborns' Face Recognition: Role of Inner and Outer Facial Features

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    Turati, Chiara; Macchi Cassia, Viola; Simion, Francesca; Leo, Irene

    2006-01-01

    Existing data indicate that newborns are able to recognize individual faces, but little is known about what perceptual cues drive this ability. The current study showed that either the inner or outer features of the face can act as sufficient cues for newborns' face recognition (Experiment 1), but the outer part of the face enjoys an advantage…

  9. Processing of emotional faces in social phobia

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    Nicole Kristjansen Rosenberg

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Previous research has found that individuals with social phobia differ from controls in their processing of emotional faces. For instance, people with social phobia show increased attention to briefly presented threatening faces. However, when exposure times are increased, the direction of this attentional bias is more unclear. Studies investigating eye movements have found both increased as well as decreased attention to threatening faces in socially anxious participants. The current study investigated eye movements to emotional faces in eight patients with social phobia and 34 controls. Three different tasks with different exposure durations were used, which allowed for an investigation of the time course of attention. At the early time interval, patients showed a complex pattern of both vigilance and avoidance of threatening faces. At the longest time interval, patients avoided the eyes of sad, disgust, and neutral faces more than controls, whereas there were no group differences for angry faces.

  10. Physiology-based face recognition in the thermal infrared spectrum.

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    Buddharaju, Pradeep; Pavlidis, Ioannis T; Tsiamyrtzis, Panagiotis; Bazakos, Mike

    2007-04-01

    The current dominant approaches to face recognition rely on facial characteristics that are on or over the skin. Some of these characteristics have low permanency can be altered, and their phenomenology varies significantly with environmental factors (e.g., lighting). Many methodologies have been developed to address these problems to various degrees. However, the current framework of face recognition research has a potential weakness due to its very nature. We present a novel framework for face recognition based on physiological information. The motivation behind this effort is to capitalize on the permanency of innate characteristics that are under the skin. To establish feasibility, we propose a specific methodology to capture facial physiological patterns using the bioheat information contained in thermal imagery. First, the algorithm delineates the human face from the background using the Bayesian framework. Then, it localizes the superficial blood vessel network using image morphology. The extracted vascular network produces contour shapes that are characteristic to each individual. The branching points of the skeletonized vascular network are referred to as Thermal Minutia Points (TMPs) and constitute the feature database. To render the method robust to facial pose variations, we collect for each subject to be stored in the database five different pose images (center, midleft profile, left profile, midright profile, and right profile). During the classification stage, the algorithm first estimates the pose of the test image. Then, it matches the local and global TMP structures extracted from the test image with those of the corresponding pose images in the database. We have conducted experiments on a multipose database of thermal facial images collected in our laboratory, as well as on the time-gap database of the University of Notre Dame. The good experimental results show that the proposed methodology has merit, especially with respect to the problem of

  11. About (above) a face - a face

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    2009-01-01

    This text intents to unfold some considerations regardind the perception of the image of the Lóri’s face, from the book Uma aprendizagem ou o livro dos prazeres, published by Clarice Lispector in 1969. For that, will be studied the politicians devices who involve the apprehension of the face as a qualifying of the subject and, at the same time, its relation with the lenguage.

  12. About (above a face - a face

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    Diego Cervelin

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available This text intents to unfold some considerations regardind the perception of the image of the Lóri’s face, from the book Uma aprendizagem ou o livro dos prazeres, published by Clarice Lispector in 1969. For that, will be studied the politicians devices who involve the apprehension of the face as a qualifying of the subject and, at the same time, its relation with the lenguage.

  13. Dissociating Face Identity and Facial Expression Processing Via Visual Adaptation

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    Hong Xu

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Face identity and facial expression are processed in two distinct neural pathways. However, most of the existing face adaptation literature studies them separately, despite the fact that they are two aspects from the same face. The current study conducted a systematic comparison between these two aspects by face adaptation, investigating how top- and bottom-half face parts contribute to the processing of face identity and facial expression. A real face (sad, “Adam” and its two size-equivalent face parts (top- and bottom-half were used as the adaptor in separate conditions. For face identity adaptation, the test stimuli were generated by morphing Adam's sad face with another person's sad face (“Sam”. For facial expression adaptation, the test stimuli were created by morphing Adam's sad face with his neutral face and morphing the neutral face with his happy face. In each trial, after exposure to the adaptor, observers indicated the perceived face identity or facial expression of the following test face via a key press. They were also tested in a baseline condition without adaptation. Results show that the top- and bottom-half face each generated a significant face identity aftereffect. However, the aftereffect by top-half face adaptation is much larger than that by the bottom-half face. On the contrary, only the bottom-half face generated a significant facial expression aftereffect. This dissociation of top- and bottom-half face adaptation suggests that face parts play different roles in face identity and facial expression. It thus provides further evidence for the distributed systems of face perception.

  14. YURT DIŞINDA YAŞAYAN TÜRK ÇOCUKLARININ ANA DİLİ KULLANIMI VE KÜLTÜR AÇISINDAN KARŞILAŞTIKLARI SORUNLAR: BOSNA HERSEK ÖRNEĞİ / MOTHER LANGUAGE USAGE AND CULTURAL IN TERMS PROBLEMS FACE WITH OF TURKISH CHILDREN LIVING ABROAD: THE CASE OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

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    Mustafa ARSLAN

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    Full Text Available In this study, mother language usage of Turkish kids who live in Bosnia and their interactions with their parents, cultural issues and problems of parents about keeping up their culture and language were investigated. Individuals who decided to live in abroad with different reasons have to be related with the culture and language of the place where they have been. It has been known that kids at school age have facing problems not only learning their mother tongue but also country's language. This situation cause problems on children's education and in their cultural identity. A culture of its own does not occur native and non-conscious children. Begin to experience personal problems these individuals where they once lived. It is experiencing this problem today, thousands of Turkish children living abroad. In a content of a qualitative research a survey created to seek the opinions of experts and scan the the related resources. And data collected via face to face meetings with mentioned children's parents. And the collected data was analyzed in excel. In Bosnia there isn't any book and a schedule to aim to teach Turkish language as mother tongue and there isn't any plan about the development of learning mother tongue with activities indoor or outdoor of the school. And also it's observed that they remain foreign to their culture and they are under influence of the culture where they live.

  15. Face recognition with L1-norm subspaces

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    Maritato, Federica; Liu, Ying; Colonnese, Stefania; Pados, Dimitris A.

    2016-05-01

    We consider the problem of representing individual faces by maximum L1-norm projection subspaces calculated from available face-image ensembles. In contrast to conventional L2-norm subspaces, L1-norm subspaces are seen to offer significant robustness to image variations, disturbances, and rank selection. Face recognition becomes then the problem of associating a new unknown face image to the "closest," in some sense, L1 subspace in the database. In this work, we also introduce the concept of adaptively allocating the available number of principal components to different face image classes, subject to a given total number/budget of principal components. Experimental studies included in this paper illustrate and support the theoretical developments.

  16. Multiple Face Location Using Motion Information

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    2000-01-01

    Face location is a difficult problem for face recognition and multiple face location is more challenging. In this paper, two new methods are presented for multiple face location via motion analysis techniques. The first method is based on motion segmentation. The authors introduce a new segmentation method by computing optical flow only on the Motion Zero-Crossing Boundary (MZCB) followed by a simple clustering method to segment each person. Then an intuitive but effective location algorithm is applied to locate each face. The second method is derived from the Hough Transform (HT). After modeling a head outline as a curve consisting of circle segments, a modified HT is used to find the center of each face. Finally, the two methods are compared and the future research directions are given.

  17. Direct Neighborhood Discriminant Analysis for Face Recognition

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    Miao Cheng

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Face recognition is a challenging problem in computer vision and pattern recognition. Recently, many local geometrical structure-based techiniques are presented to obtain the low-dimensional representation of face images with enhanced discriminatory power. However, these methods suffer from the small simple size (SSS problem or the high computation complexity of high-dimensional data. To overcome these problems, we propose a novel local manifold structure learning method for face recognition, named direct neighborhood discriminant analysis (DNDA, which separates the nearby samples of interclass and preserves the local within-class geometry in two steps, respectively. In addition, the PCA preprocessing to reduce dimension to a large extent is not needed in DNDA avoiding loss of discriminative information. Experiments conducted on ORL, Yale, and UMIST face databases show the effectiveness of the proposed method.

  18. DEVELOPMENT STATUS, TREND AND THE PROBLEMS OF MECHANICS OF TIDAL CURRENT ENERGY 1)%潮流能开发现状、发展趋势及面临的力学问题1)

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    张理; 李志川

    2016-01-01

    随着化石能源大规模应用导致的环境污染问题日益严重,世界各国越来越关注清洁可再生能源的开发和利用.潮流能属于海洋可再生能源,清洁无污染且资源丰富,具有良好的开发前景.21世纪以来,潮流能开发在世界范围内取得较大进步,装机规模呈上升趋势,多种潮流能转换装置进入示范研究或准商业化阶段.在此方面,人们将面临如何利用研制生产的各类转换装置提高对潮流能的利用效率这一关键力学问题.通过调研和分析,详细梳理了我国潮流能资源状况、国内外开发利用最新状况、潮流能开发利用关键技术以及潮流能利用前景,最后结合我国研究现状给出技术发展建议.主要内容包括:潮流能的生成、特点及分布,主要介绍潮流的生成、潮流能的特点、潮流能资源及分布等;潮流能开发利用发展现状,主要介绍潮流能开发利用技术研发进程、国外发展现状、国内发展现状等;潮流能开发利用关键技术,主要介绍能量捕获与转换、传动系统与发电机、潮流能发电阵列布置、海上电网构建、支撑结构等;潮流能开发利用技术研究展望,主要介绍国外潮流能技术研究的重点、我国潮流能技术研究的重点等;我国潮流能开发利用的建议;最后是前景展望.%As energy and climate change are currently two of the most important issues in society, many governments in the world are paying more attentions to renewable energy. Tidal current energy is a kind of ocean renewable energy;its resources are rich and its development prospects are very good. Since the 21st century, the development of tidal current energy has made great progress worldwide;a variety of tidal current energy generating devices has been in stage of demonstration project or stage of pre-commercialization. In this aspect, people are faced with the key mechanical problems of how

  19. A Preliminary Study of Problems and Countermeasures of the Ideological and Political Work Faced by Journalists%浅谈新闻从业人员思想政治工作面临的问题与对策

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    戴和平

    2011-01-01

    The ideological and political work of journalists is of great importance to their ideological level and political orientation of the journalists, directly influencing the correctness and leading level of guidance of public opinion by the news media. At present, the ideological and political work of journalists is not only facing the challenges coming from moral value, policy--oriented mechanism, external constraints and supervision to the social environment, but also exists in some special problems, such as indifference to the ideological and political work, insufficiency in management, and rigidness and backwardness in ways. This requires us to optimize the social environment of the ideological and political work constantly, and establish a sound moral value evaluation constraint mechanism and system of the news industry, and continuously update the concept, methods and content of ideological and political work and improve working mechanism so as to create a new situation of the ideological and political work of journalists.%做好新闻从业人员的思想政治工作,对新闻从业人员的思想政治倾向和水平有着十分重要的作用,也直接影响着新闻媒体舆论导向的正确与否和引导水平的高低。当前,我国新闻从业人员思想政治工作既面临着道德价值、政策导向机制、外部约束监督社会大环境的挑战,也存在着对思想政治工作不重视、管理措施不到位、方式方法僵化落后等具体问题,这需要我们不断优化思想政治工作的社会环境,建立健全新闻事业的道德价值评价约束机制和体系,不断更新思想政治工作的观念、方法、内容,健全工作机制,开创新闻从业人员思想政治工作的新局面。

  20. The composite face illusion.

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    Murphy, Jennifer; Gray, Katie L H; Cook, Richard

    2017-04-01

    Few findings in cognitive science have proved as influential as the composite face effect. When the top half of one face is aligned with the bottom half of another, and presented upright, the resulting composite arrangement induces a compelling percept of a novel facial configuration. Findings obtained using composite face procedures have contributed significantly to our understanding of holistic face processing, the detrimental effects of face inversion, the development of face perception, and aberrant face perception in clinical populations. Composite paradigms continue to advance our knowledge of face perception, as exemplified by their recent use for investigating the perceptual mechanisms underlying dynamic face processing. However, the paradigm has been the subject of intense scrutiny, particularly over the last decade, and there is a growing sense that the composite face illusion, whilst easy to illustrate, is deceptively difficult to measure and interpret. In this review, we provide a focussed overview of the existing composite face literature, and identify six priorities for future research. Addressing these gaps in our knowledge will aid the evaluation and refinement of theoretical accounts of the illusion.

  1. An overview of unresolved inherent problems associated with red cell transfusion and potential use of artificial oxygen carriers and ECO-RBC: current status/future trends.

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    Seghatchian, Jerard; de Sousa, Gracinda

    2007-12-01

    This manuscript deals with why we need alternatives to liquid stored RBC highlighting some of the unresolved inherent problems related to red cell storage lesion and their potential impacts on the clinical outcomes and transfusion complications. The promise of several potential alternatives to red cell transfusions such as: Perfluorocarbon; Modified Hb-based oxygen carriers and newer design of Hb-based oxygen carriers are reviewed. It is noteworthy to say that since the first introduction of these oxygen carriers, almost five decades ago, the only successful drive has been to prepare safer and more convenient oxygen carriers, for enhancing the quality of life of recipients and their usage, either as substitutes to red cell transfusion or even as the bridge, remains patchy. Moreover, as new products with better characteristics become available the older products from the competitors are withdrawn. Finally, the current progress on universal RBC, known as ECO-cells is highlighted and, in the future perspectives, some of the current efforts in making the red cells transfusion safer and more efficacious are briefly addressed.

  2. Hierarchical Bayesian inference for the EEG inverse problem using realistic FE head models: depth localization and source separation for focal primary currents.

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    Lucka, Felix; Pursiainen, Sampsa; Burger, Martin; Wolters, Carsten H

    2012-07-16

    The estimation of the activity-related ion currents by measuring the induced electromagnetic fields at the head surface is a challenging and severely ill-posed inverse problem. This is especially true in the recovery of brain networks involving deep-lying sources by means of EEG/MEG recordings which is still a challenging task for any inverse method. Recently, hierarchical Bayesian modeling (HBM) emerged as a unifying framework for current density reconstruction (CDR) approaches comprising most established methods as well as offering promising new methods. Our work examines the performance of fully-Bayesian inference methods for HBM for source configurations consisting of few, focal sources when used with realistic, high-resolution finite element (FE) head models. The main foci of interest are the correct depth localization, a well-known source of systematic error of many CDR methods, and the separation of single sources in multiple-source scenarios. Both aspects are very important in the analysis of neurophysiological data and in clinical applications. For these tasks, HBM provides a promising framework and is able to improve upon established CDR methods such as minimum norm estimation (MNE) or sLORETA in many aspects. For challenging multiple-source scenarios where the established methods show crucial errors, promising results are attained. Additionally, we introduce Wasserstein distances as performance measures for the validation of inverse methods in complex source scenarios.

  3. Suggestions on Solving the Main Problems that China Faces in Making Land Use Planning%我国土地利用规划存在的问题及建议

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    李乐; 关小克; 薛剑; 张新花; 胡建明

    2014-01-01

    由于规划本质界定不合理、政府管理层权力过于集中、规划组织结构不合理、土地分区缺乏独立性、个体权益保障水平低等深层次原因,当前我国土地利用规划存在的主要问题有:(1)规划权限集中,微观设计缺位;(2)规划效力滞后,管制效果薄弱;(3)规划分类概略,衔接模式粗放;(4)目标分解粗略,实施措施缺乏;(5)分区模式不当,管制规则不足;(6)公共参与缺失,权益保障不力。对我国土地利用规划改革的建议:(1)深化简政放权,加强部门协调;(2)改革土地分类,促进城乡一体;(3)优化土地分区,实现定量管制;(4)立法公共参与,保障主体权益。%There are some underlying reasons such as unreasonable essence of planning, too centralized power held over by the governmental administration, unreasonable planning structure, land zoning without independence, and low level of protection of individual rights and interests in making land use planning. This paper focuses on the main problems that China faces in making land use planning. These problems are as follows: ifrst, the authority for planning is centralized, and micro-design is absent. Second, the effect of planning is lag, and control effect is weak. Third, the classiifcation of planning is indistinct, and connection model is extensive. Fourth, target decomposition is rough, lacking of implementing measures. Fifth, partitioning mode is improper, and short of control rules. Sixth, opportunity from the public participation is absence, and protection of rights and interests is poor. On account of this, this paper proposes that we should simplify administration and transfer power to a lower level, and strengthen coordination of the departments. Furthermore, we should reform land classiifcation and promote the integration of urban and rural areas, optimize land zoning and realize quantitative control. Public should participate in work of

  4. Clustering Millions of Faces by Identity.

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    Otto, Charles; Wang, Dayong; Jain, Anil

    2017-03-07

    Given a large collection of unlabeled face images, we address the problem of clustering faces into an unknown number of identities. This problem is of interest in social media, law enforcement, and other applications, where the number of faces can be of the order of hundreds of million, while the number of identities (clusters) can range from a few thousand to millions. To address the challenges of run-time complexity and cluster quality, we present an approximate Rank-Order clustering algorithm that performs better than popular clustering algorithms (k-Means and Spectral). Our experiments include clustering up to 123 million face images into over 10 million clusters. Clustering results are analyzed in terms of external (known face labels) and internal (unknown face labels) quality measures, and run-time. Our algorithm achieves an F-measure of 0:87 on the LFW benchmark (13K faces of 5; 749 individuals), which drops to 0:27 on the largest dataset considered (13K faces in LFW + 123M distractor images). Additionally, we show that frames in the YouTube benchmark can be clustered with an F-measure of 0:71. An internal per-cluster quality measure is developed to rank individual clusters for manual exploration of high quality clusters that are compact and isolated.

  5. 人脸识别技术综述%Survey of face recognition technology

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    何春

    2016-01-01

    This paper introduces face recognition technology firstly, then reviews the development process and the basic classification method of face recognition. After that, the paper discusses the current methods of face recognition in detail, therefore proposes the existing problems in the research of recognition faces and future’ s research direction.%文章首先对人脸识别技术进行了介绍,其次回顾了人脸识别研究的发展历程及识别方法的基本分类,然后对当前主流的人脸识别方法展开了详细的论述,最后提出了人脸识别技术面临的问题及研究方向。

  6. Learning Opportunities in Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication and Face-to-Face Interaction

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    Kim, Hye Yeong

    2014-01-01

    This study investigated how synchronous computer-mediated communication (SCMC) and face-to-face (F2F) oral interaction influence the way in which learners collaborate in language learning and how they solve their communicative problems. The findings suggest that output modality may affect how learners produce language, attend to linguistic forms,…

  7. Ideological and Political Theory Education in Current Chinese Universities:Problems and Solutions%高校思想政治理论课教学的困境与出路

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    邰丽华

    2014-01-01

    Ideological and political theory education in China's universities now face some problems. The curriculum system is not designed very logically and some courses overlap with one another in teaching contents. So far, teaching reforms have focused mainly on method rather than crucial content. Teachers in this field have a lower self-esteem than before and some of them have left. To solve these problems, this paper puts forward three suggestions: that we should replace “Program 05” with a new system of curriculum; that teaching reform should shift from relying on formal means to improving teaching capacity;and that development of Marxist disciplines should learn from development of other Humanities and Social Sciences. While maintaining the current teachers engaging in Ideological and Political Theory Education, it is more crucial to strengthen their theoretical training, refine their academic taste and improve their research ability.%高校思想政治理论课教学面临着诸多现实困境:在课程体系的设置上,存在逻辑性差、教学内容重复的问题;在教学改革方面,存在重形式、轻内容的弊端;在教师队伍的建设上,存在自我认同度下降、师资力量流失的现象。在分析现状的基础上提出了进一步改革思想政治理论课的建议:采用新的课程体系取代“05方案”;教学改革主要由借外力转向靠内功;借鉴他人文社会科学学科建设的成功经验;在稳定思想政治理论课教师队伍的基础上,提升教师的理论修养、学术品味和科研能力。

  8. Oracle ADF Faces cookbook

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    Gawish, Amr

    2014-01-01

    This is a cookbook that covers more than 80 different recipes to teach you about different aspects of Oracle ADF Faces. It follows a practical approach and covers how to build your components for reuse in different applications. This book will also help you in tuning the performance of your ADF Faces application. If you are an ADF developer who wants to harness the power of Oracle ADF Faces to create exceptional user interfaces and reactive applications, this book will provide you with the recipes needed to do just that. You will not need to be familiar with Oracle ADF Faces, but you should be

  9. Complementary Cohort Strategy for Multimodal Face Pair Matching

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    Sun, Yunlian; Nasrollahi, Kamal; Sun, Zhenan

    2016-01-01

    Face pair matching is the task of determining whether two face images represent the same person. Due to the limited expressive information embedded in the two face images as well as various sources of facial variations, it becomes a quite difficult problem. Towards the issue of few available imag...

  10. The military housing problem: Public Private Venture (PPV) and complete privatization alternatives

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    Sorce, Steven R.

    2000-01-01

    This thesis examines the current problems facing military housing, mainly inadequate quantity and quality to meet current demand. The Secretary of Defense testified before Congress that meeting today's military housing requirements would necessitate 30.40 years of effort at a cost of approximately $20B, if funded under the traditional Military Construction (MILCON) appropriation. This study considers the following alternatives for solving the housing problem: the current approach of MILCON; P...

  11. The Effects of Face Inversion and Face Race on the P100 ERP.

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    Colombatto, Clara; McCarthy, Gregory

    2016-11-29

    Research about the neural basis of face recognition has investigated the timing and anatomical substrates of different stages of face processing. Scalp-recorded ERP studies of face processing have focused on the N170, an ERP with a peak latency of ∼170 msec that has long been associated with the initial structural encoding of faces. However, several studies have reported earlier ERP differences related to faces, suggesting that face-specific processes might occur before N170. Here, we examined the influence of face inversion and face race on the timing of face-sensitive scalp-recorded ERPs by examining neural responses to upright and inverted line-drawn and luminance-matched White and Black faces in a sample of White participants. We found that the P100 ERP evoked by inverted faces was significantly larger than that evoked by upright faces. Although this inversion effect was statistically significant at 100 msec, the inverted-upright ERP difference peaked at 138 msec, suggesting that it might represent an activity in neural sources that overlap with P100. Inverse modeling of the inversion effect difference waveform suggested possible neural sources in pericalcarine extrastriate visual cortex and lateral occipito-temporal cortex. We also found that the inversion effect difference wave was larger for White faces. These results are consistent with behavioral evidence that individuals process the faces of their own races more configurally than faces of other races. Taken together, the inversion and race effects observed in the current study suggest that configuration influences face processing by at least 100 msec.

  12. Problems faced on the Communicative Language Teaching in Vocational English Teaching Program and Solutions%英语交际教学法在高职英语教学中存在的问题及解决建议

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    郭熠

    2013-01-01

    As the most advanced and scientific teaching methods, communicative language teaching (CLT) has already been accept⁃ed and introduced into a number of language teaching programs. Since the 1990s, this teaching approach also has been involved in the syllabus of college English programs in China by the Chinese government and the ministry of Education. It suggested that the fi⁃nal aim of language teaching is to enhance students' communicative competence of the target language. And CLT, a brand new teaching approach for Chinese English teachers, becomes to be a significantly important part of language teaching. However, in most cases, the complement of CLT in language teaching programs in China did not completely succeed. Based on the analysis of the certain EFL context of English teaching, this paper will discuss some problems faced on the communicative language teaching in vocational English teaching in China. Some solutions of these issues will also be given at the end of the paper.%  作为当今国际英语教学中最为先进并且科学的教学方法,英语交际教学法在国际范围内被广泛接纳和采用。自上世纪九十年代开始,中国政府及教育部也正式将其引入英语教学大纲,提出英语教学的最终目标在于提高学生目标语言的交际能力,英语交际教学作为一种新型的理念开始尝试融入中国传统语言教学的课堂与实践。然而,这种融入的过程并非一路坦途,各种问题与困难在教师教学与学生的接纳过程中逐渐清晰地凸显出来。越来越多的英语教学工作者开始思索和研究如何才能将这种已经在 TESL 成功应用的教学模式在 TEFL 的课堂发挥其最大的正面功效。在这里,TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)即作为第二语言的英语教学;而TEFL(Teaching English as a Foreign Language)是指作为外语的英语语言教学。该文将就具体中国高职英语教学所处的具

  13. Markerless 3D Face Tracking

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    Walder, Christian; Breidt, Martin; Bulthoff, Heinrich

    2009-01-01

    We present a novel algorithm for the markerless tracking of deforming surfaces such as faces. We acquire a sequence of 3D scans along with color images at 40Hz. The data is then represented by implicit surface and color functions, using a novel partition-of-unity type method of efficiently...... combining local regressors using nearest neighbor searches. Both these functions act on the 4D space of 3D plus time, and use temporal information to handle the noise in individual scans. After interactive registration of a template mesh to the first frame, it is then automatically deformed to track...... the scanned surface, using the variation of both shape and color as features in a dynamic energy minimization problem. Our prototype system yields high-quality animated 3D models in correspondence, at a rate of approximately twenty seconds per timestep. Tracking results for faces and other objects...

  14. Generalization of affective learning about faces to perceptually similar faces.

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    Verosky, Sara C; Todorov, Alexander

    2010-06-01

    Different individuals have different (and different-looking) significant others, friends, and foes. The objective of this study was to investigate whether these social face environments can shape individual face preferences. First, participants learned to associate faces with positive, neutral, or negative behaviors. Then, they evaluated morphs combining novel faces with the learned faces. The morphs (65% and 80% novel faces) were within the categorical boundary of the novel faces: They were perceived as those faces in a preliminary study. Moreover, a second preliminary study showed that following the learning, the morphs' categorization as similar to the learned faces was indistinguishable from the categorization of actual novel faces. Nevertheless, in the main experiment, participants evaluated morphs of "positive" faces more positively than morphs of "negative" faces. This learning generalization effect increased as a function of the similarity of the novel faces to the learned faces. The findings suggest that general learning mechanisms based on similarity can account for idiosyncratic face preferences.

  15. 当前大学生就业问题的研究%Study on the Problem of Current Graduates Employment

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    薛晓华

    2011-01-01

    The current number of university graduates is still grealer. Structural employment is prominent, and expected salary of students distinctly rise. The number of students applying for civil servants and rural head is visibly increasing. There are many problems existing in the employment, such as macro-environment is not uncertain, dovetailing of subject set and market need to be strengthened, the comprehensive ability of students need be improved, employment sense and employment mentality need be adjusted. State employment policy need to be further improved.%当前高校毕业生人数总量依然较大,结构性就业问题突出,大学生的就业期望薪酬明显增加,报考公务员和村官踊跃.就业中存在宏现形势不确定,高校学科专业的设置与市场衔接有待加强,学生的综合能力需要提高,就业观念、就业心态应该调整,国家的就业政策需要进一步完善.

  16. FACE RECOGNITION USING TWO DIMENSIONAL LAPLACIAN EIGENMAP

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    Chen Jiangfeng; Yuan Baozong; Pei Bingnan

    2008-01-01

    Recently,some research efforts have shown that face images possibly reside on a nonlinear sub-manifold. Though Laplacianfaces method considered the manifold structures of the face images,it has limits to solve face recognition problem. This paper proposes a new feature extraction method,Two Dimensional Laplacian EigenMap (2DLEM),which especially considers the manifold structures of the face images,and extracts the proper features from face image matrix directly by using a linear transformation. As opposed to Laplacianfaces,2DLEM extracts features directly from 2D images without a vectorization preprocessing. To test 2DLEM and evaluate its performance,a series of ex-periments are performed on the ORL database and the Yale database. Moreover,several experiments are performed to compare the performance of three 2D methods. The experiments show that 2DLEM achieves the best performance.

  17. Face Identification from Manipulated Facial Images using SIFT

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    Chennamma, H R; Veerabhadrappa,

    2011-01-01

    Editing on digital images is ubiquitous. Identification of deliberately modified facial images is a new challenge for face identification system. In this paper, we address the problem of identification of a face or person from heavily altered facial images. In this face identification problem, the input to the system is a manipulated or transformed face image and the system reports back the determined identity from a database of known individuals. Such a system can be useful in mugshot identification in which mugshot database contains two views (frontal and profile) of each criminal. We considered only frontal view from the available database for face identification and the query image is a manipulated face generated by face transformation software tool available online. We propose SIFT features for efficient face identification in this scenario. Further comparative analysis has been given with well known eigenface approach. Experiments have been conducted with real case images to evaluate the performance of ...

  18. 2007版地调项目预算标准存在的问题及建议%The Problems that We Face in Budget Standard for the Projects of Geological Survey 2007 and Some Suggestions

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    孔令; 储潇姝; 彭国良; 张津伟; 张元; 胡晓丽; 刘京

    2015-01-01

    2007地调项目预算标准的主要问题有:不含生产设备折旧费、职工福利费、利税等;地形测绘、地质测量、遥感地质、物化探、钻探、岩矿试验、其他地质工作、工地建筑部分个别项目在标准执行过程中与市场经济体制下的市场价格出现了较大的偏差;地质勘查新手段新工艺因无可选取的合理指导价,出现了推广创新难的问题,一定程度上阻碍了地质勘查技术水平的发展。建议:(1)继续开展现行预算标准《国土资源调查预算标准(地质调查部分)》的跟踪评估工作,并对存在的问题和完善性建议进一步论证,及时颁行新的预算标准或补充规定。(2)建立健全预算标准动态调整机制,加强地质调查项目预算动态管理。%This paper ifrst analyzes the main problems regarding budget standard for the projects of geological survey of 2007. These are as follows: depreciation, employee services and beneifts, and proifts and taxes were not included; in the implementation of the standard, a few projects which involved topographic surveying, geological survey, remote sensing geology, geophysical geochemical exploration, drilling exploration, rock ore test, other geological work, and field construction deviated from the market prices for the market economy. There were some dififcult problems in promoting and innovating new means and new process of geological exploration due to the reasonable guided-price, which hindered the development of geological prospecting technology level to some extent. In light of this, this paper points out that we should devote our efforts and work to continually carry out follow-up assessments about the current budget standard, further expound and prove some improving suggestions for existing problems, and enact new budget standard or supplementary provisions in a timely manner. At the same time, a sound budget standard dynamic adjustment mechanism should be put

  19. Social judgments from faces.

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    Todorov, Alexander; Mende-Siedlecki, Peter; Dotsch, Ron

    2013-06-01

    People make rapid and consequential social judgments from minimal (non-emotional) facial cues. There has been rapid progress in identifying the perceptual basis of these judgments using data-driven, computational models. In contrast, our understanding of the neural underpinnings of these judgments is rather limited. Meta-analyses of neuroimaging studies find a wide range of seemingly inconsistent responses in the amygdala that co-vary with social judgments from faces. Guided by computational models of social judgments, these responses can be accounted by positing that the amygdala (and posterior face selective regions) tracks face typicality. Atypical faces, whether positively or negatively evaluated, elicit stronger responses in the amygdala. We conclude with the promise of data-driven methods for modeling neural responses to social judgments from faces.

  20. Challenges and Specifications for Robust Face and Gait Recognition Systems for Surveillance Application

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Automated person recognition (APR based on biometric signals addresses the process of automatically recognize a person according to his physiological traits (face, voice, iris, fingerprint, ear shape, body odor, electroencephalogram – EEG, electrocardiogram, or hand geometry, or behavioural patterns (gait, signature, hand-grip, lip movement. The paper aims at briefly presenting the current challenges for two specific non-cooperative biometric approaches, namely face and gait biometrics as well as approaches that consider combination of the two in the attempt of a more robust system for accurate APR, in the context of surveillance application. Open problems from both sides are also pointed out.

  1. Face Tracking in the Compressed Domain

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    Fonseca Pedro Miguel

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available A compressed domain generic object tracking algorithm offers, in combination with a face detection algorithm, a low-compu-tational-cost solution to the problem of detecting and locating faces in frames of compressed video sequences (such as MPEG-1 or MPEG-2. Objects such as faces can thus be tracked through a compressed video stream using motion information provided by existing forward and backward motion vectors. The described solution requires only low computational resources on CE devices and offers at one and the same time sufficiently good location rates.

  2. Face Tracking in the Compressed Domain

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    Fonseca, Pedro Miguel; Nesvadba, Jan

    2006-12-01

    A compressed domain generic object tracking algorithm offers, in combination with a face detection algorithm, a low-compu-tational-cost solution to the problem of detecting and locating faces in frames of compressed video sequences (such as MPEG-1 or MPEG-2). Objects such as faces can thus be tracked through a compressed video stream using motion information provided by existing forward and backward motion vectors. The described solution requires only low computational resources on CE devices and offers at one and the same time sufficiently good location rates.

  3. Rural Community Governance:Current Situation, Problems and Countermeasures%农村社区化治理:现状、问题及对策∗

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    李增元; 李洪强

    2016-01-01

    Since entering the new century, the community governance takes the new community of the rural as the carriers in the rural community construction. It has important significance to promote the rural social governance transformation and to realize the mod⁃ernization of national governance system and governance capacity. But as a new thing, the rural community governance still exists many problems, such as the technological means of the governance is in need of innovation, the service object and content is not comprehen⁃sive enough. And there are difficulties to face with, lack of the guidance of legal norms of authority, governance mechanism need to be perfected, the social infrastructure is weak, and so on. To perfect the rural community governance, government should publish the law on the organization of urban and rural communities, promoting rural community governance towards the rule of law, guaranteeing the e⁃qual status of the multiple governance subjects, forming the multi⁃level, collaborative and inclusive rural community management sys⁃tem and mechanism. We should further the innovation of governance means of rural community in practice, promoting the informatiza⁃tion of the governance, expanding the service object and content to be more open and with liquidity, and cultivating kinds of social forces to participate in the governance of rural communities through multiple path.%进入21世纪以来,在农村社区建设中,以农村新社区为载体的社区化治理方式逐渐兴起,它对推动农村基层社会治理转型,实现国家治理体系和治理能力现代化具有重要意义。但作为一个新生事物,农村社区化治理存在诸多突出问题,如治理的技术手段亟须创新,服务对象和内容不够全面等;其推进面临诸多困境,如缺乏权威的法律规范指引,治理的体制机制有待完善,治理的社会基础较为薄弱。完善农村社区化治理,需要国家出台城

  4. Exemplar-based Face Recognition from Video

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    Krüger, Volker; Zhou, Shaohua; Chellappa, Rama

    2005-01-01

    -temporal relations: This allows the system to use dynamics as well as to generate warnings when 'implausible' situations occur or to circumvent these altogether. We have studied the effectiveness of temporal integration for recognition purposes by using the face recognition as an example problem. Face recognition...... is a prominent problem and has been studied more extensively than almost any other recognition problem. An observation is that face recognition works well in ideal conditions. If those conditions, however, are not met, then all present algorithms break down disgracefully. This probelm appears to be general...... to all vision techniques that intend to extract visual information out of a low snr. image. It is exactly a strength of cognitive systems that they are able to cope with non-ideal situations. In this chapter we will present a techniques that allows to integrate visual information over time and we...

  5. Description vs. Interpretation: The Attitudes of Traditional and Current Archaeology Towards the Problem of Impresso-Barbotine in the Early Neolithic

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    Jasna Vuković

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The problem of the relationship impresso-barbotine has been chosen here, as an excellent example to illustrate the tendencies and shortcomings of the Yugoslav/Serbian archaeology during the major part of the 20th century, as well as the results forming the base for future research and new conclusions. The impresso-barbotine problem has been recognized as one of the important aspects of research into the Early Neolithic as early as in the 1950s, and formed the base for the formation of several relative chronological system. However, although the culture-historical approach is based upon detailed description and stylistic-typological analyses, these phenomena are defined and described in a number of different ways (if at all, causing great confusion. The highly simplified notion about the production and usage of ceramic ware, as well as the negligence for the functional and technological aspects, resulted in the absence of a clear statement if these techniques are in fact a form of decoration or surface treatment. On the other hand, paradoxically, these "elusive" phenomena have been taken as very precise chronological markers. The conclusions are not questionable even today, since the recent research has proven the chronological primacy of impresso over barbotine. Here, however, the shortcomings of the culture- historical method are most obvious: after the establishment of the relative chronological sequence and the identification of a change in the material culture, the reasons that induced the changes are not considered – interpretation is completely absent. However, the current archaeological trends focus upon the processes leading to changes in the material culture, the ones that cannot be explained without considering technology – from forming techniques to modes of usage. Bearing in mind that impresso, and afterwards barbotine appear on the same functional classes of pottery (storage, transportation, it may seem that the same idea

  6. Current Situation and Problems of Agricultural Open Access Resources Construction%我国农业开放获取资源建设现状与建议

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    郝心宁; 谢能付; 孙巍; 张学福

    2015-01-01

    This paper selected 141self-built websitesof core journalsunder the category of agricultural science in the Peking University Library General List of Chinese Core Periodicals (2014 edition)and 4 integrated platforms of open access resources to study the current situationand existing problems of agricultural open access. The study shows, in the construction of openaccess resources, openness is stil insufficient,the cover of comprehensive open access platform is not wide, and the quantity of issues should be further improved. Final y, the paper proposedsuggestions and countermeasures for the construction of high quality and efficientagricultural openaccessresources.%选取北大图书馆《中文核心期刊要目总览》(2014版)农业科学类目下141种核心期刊的自建网站,同时选取4个综合的开放获取资源平台,调查我国农业开放获取资源的建设现状和存在问题。研究发现,我国农业开放获取资源建设中,期刊的资源建设存在开放程度不够,综合开放获取平台涵盖面小,质量和数量上都有待进一步提高的问题。最后提出建立优质高效的农业开放获取资源的建议与对策。

  7. A Reflection on the current China's inflation problem%对当前我国通货膨胀问题的反思

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    徐凤环; 张玉霞; 王俊

    2012-01-01

    Currently, our country is facing quite severe inflation pressure. Inflation will not only cause the cost rise of enterprise, living consumption increases of residents, decline of dweller deposit, but also aggravated the probability of economic crisis and the difficulty of inflation expectations management. Causes of Chinag present and future inflation are mainly embodied in three aspects : first, loose monetary policy leads to domestic liquidity surplus ; secondly, a flood of dollars and international commodity prices imports into Chinese input; thirdly, the demographic dividend inflection and natural disaster of agriculture caused the great rise of labor costs and prices of agricultural products. Therefore, we should take measures in order to effectively alleviate the inflation pressure, namely: 1. To adjust the goal of monetary policy, and strictly control the liquidity;2. To transform trade policy and reduce the foreign exchange reserves ;3, To accelerate the adjustment of economic structure to a fundamental transformation of economic de- velopment mode; 4. To properly guide the public inflation expectations and stimulate price stability; 5. To strengthen agricultural production and promote the circulation of commodities.%当前,我国正面临着相当严峻的通货膨胀压力。通货膨胀不但导致企业运行成本上升、居民生活消费支出加大、居民储蓄倾向下降,而且加剧了经济危机爆发的可能和通胀预期管理的难度。我国目前和未来通胀的原因集中体现在三个方面:过于宽松的货币政策导致的国内流动性过剩,美元泛滥和国际大宗商品价格暴涨向中国的输入,以及人口红利拐点和农业自然灾害背景下的劳动力成本及农产品价格的大幅上升。因此,应多措并举、协调配合,灵活运用积极稳健的有效措施,以有效缓解通胀压力,即:1.调整货币政策目标,严格控制流动性;2

  8. Handbook of Face Recognition

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    Li, Stan Z

    2011-01-01

    This highly anticipated new edition provides a comprehensive account of face recognition research and technology, spanning the full range of topics needed for designing operational face recognition systems. After a thorough introductory chapter, each of the following chapters focus on a specific topic, reviewing background information, up-to-date techniques, and recent results, as well as offering challenges and future directions. Features: fully updated, revised and expanded, covering the entire spectrum of concepts, methods, and algorithms for automated face detection and recognition systems

  9. Öğretmen ve Öğrencilerin Etkileşimli Tahta Kullanımına Yönelik Yaşamış Oldukları Sorunlar ve Çözüm Önerileri Problems Faced by Teachers and Students in Terms of Using Interactive Boards and Suggested Solutions Related to these Problems.

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Interactive boards, which, as in many developed countries, have begun to take its place since 2011 in higher education institutions of our country, are supposed to contribute positively to the process of teaching-learning in general. However, technology, fixing its direction in line with social needs, its fitness for purpose and sustainability are determined by those who make use of it. In this case, applicability of new technology changes in accordance with the social structure and date. Determining the problems during the implementation and taking necessary measures accordingly are of vital importance for the improvement of this change in a positive way. In this study which was carried out in this direction, it is aimed to determine the problems that are encountered by the teachers and students of high education institutions while using interactive boards and to develop solution suggestions for these problems. The study carried out for this purpose has been designed on a case study basis which takes place in qualitative research tradition. Study group for this research is composed of higher education trainers from different branches (f=77 actively using interactive boards in the lectures and their students (f=409 in the academic term of 2012-2013. Data obtained by open-ended questionnaire during the research has been analyzed and interpreted by inductive encoding technique, frequency analysis and descriptive content analysis. As result of the analysis carried out in this research which was performed in this direction, it has been seen that teachers and students evaluate the problems related with interactive boards under the following five sub-dimensions and present solution suggestions accordingly: problems encountered during learning-teaching process, problems related with hardware, problems related with software, problems related with the context, problems in view of ergonomics and health. On top of the problems faced by teachers and

  10. Visualization and data analysis-current state and exascale challenges

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    Ahrens, James P [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Rodgers, David [SNL; Springmeyer, Becky [LLNL

    2010-12-21

    Talk about Visualization and Data Analysis Current State and Exascale challenges. The goal is to update with colleagues our current status in our research. What challenges we need to face, and what future possibilities. Our goal is to propose to approach the problems with the visualization approach operating on the supercomputing platform. This presentation is about the L2 Milestone, we intend to discuss further possibilities of enhancing our results and optimizing our solutions.

  11. RGB-D-T based Face Recognition

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    Nikisins, Olegs; Nasrollahi, Kamal; Greitans, Modris

    2014-01-01

    Facial images are of critical importance in many real-world applications from gaming to surveillance. The current literature on facial image analysis, from face detection to face and facial expression recognition, are mainly performed in either RGB, Depth (D), or both of these modalities. But......, such analyzes have rarely included Thermal (T) modality. This paper paves the way for performing such facial analyzes using synchronized RGB-D-T facial images by introducing a database of 51 persons including facial images of different rotations, illuminations, and expressions. Furthermore, a face recognition...

  12. Face and body recognition show similar improvement during childhood.

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    Bank, Samantha; Rhodes, Gillian; Read, Ainsley; Jeffery, Linda

    2015-09-01

    Adults are proficient in extracting identity cues from faces. This proficiency develops slowly during childhood, with performance not reaching adult levels until adolescence. Bodies are similar to faces in that they convey identity cues and rely on specialized perceptual mechanisms. However, it is currently unclear whether body recognition mirrors the slow development of face recognition during childhood. Recent evidence suggests that body recognition develops faster than face recognition. Here we measured body and face recognition in 6- and 10-year-old children and adults to determine whether these two skills show different amounts of improvement during childhood. We found no evidence that they do. Face and body recognition showed similar improvement with age, and children, like adults, were better at recognizing faces than bodies. These results suggest that the mechanisms of face and body memory mature at a similar rate or that improvement of more general cognitive and perceptual skills underlies improvement of both face and body recognition.

  13. Tolerance of geometric distortions in infant's face recognition.

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    Yamashita, Wakayo; Kanazawa, So; Yamaguchi, Masami K

    2014-02-01

    The aim of the current study is to reveal the effect of global linear transformations (shearing, horizontal stretching, and vertical stretching) on the recognition of familiar faces (e.g., a mother's face) in 6- to 7-month-old infants. In this experiment, we applied the global linear transformations to both the infants' own mother's face and to a stranger's face, and we tested infants' preference between these faces. We found that only 7-month-old infants maintained preference for their own mother's face during the presentation of vertical stretching, while the preference for the mother's face disappeared during the presentation of shearing or horizontal stretching. These findings suggest that 7-month-old infants might not recognize faces based on calculating the absolute distance between facial features, and that the vertical dimension of facial features might be more related to infants' face recognition rather than the horizontal dimension.

  14. Faces in the dark: Interactive effects of darkness and anxiety on the memory for threatening faces.

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    Satoshi F Nakashima

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available In the current research, we extend past work on the effects of ambient darkness and threat to the domain of memory for expressive faces. In one study, we examined the effects of ambient darkness and individual differences in state anxiety on memory of unfamiliar expressive faces. Here, participants were seated in either a dark or light room and encoded a set of unfamiliar faces with angry, happy, and neutral facial expressions. A subsequent recognition task revealed an interactive effect of ambient darkness, anxiety, and target expression. Highly anxious participants in ambient darkness had worse memory for angry faces than did low-anxiety participants. On the other hand, the recognition performance for happy faces was affected neither by the darkness nor state anxiety. The results suggest not only that ambient darkness has its strongest effect on anxious perceivers, but also that person x situation effects should be considered in face recognition research.

  15. An exploration into pedagogic frailty: Transitioning from face-to-face to online

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    Irina Niculescu

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Pedagogic frailty and concept mapping can simultaneously encourage personal and organisational change by supporting critical reflection and resilience. These ideas are nascent within higher education institutions and currently, at the University of Surrey, are only developed through face-to-face sessions. This revealed the need for a scalable intervention which engages academics with the discourse on introspective and professional development practices. In response, we have created the design for a blended programme of online foundation for concept mapping leading to face-to-face workshops to explore the pedagogic frailty model. This paper will discuss some significant challenges arising from transitioning self-reflective practices from face-to-face to online spaces. In the process, we will consider ways in which learning design can take the learner context into account.

  16. Comparison of face Recognition Algorithms on Dummy Faces

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    Aruni Singh

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available In the age of rising crime face recognition is enormously important in the contexts of computer vision, psychology, surveillance, fraud detection, pattern recognition, neural network, content based video processing, etc. Face is a non intrusive strong biometrics for identification and hence criminals always try to hide their facial organs by different artificial means such as plastic surgery, disguise and dummy. The availability of a comprehensive face database is crucial to test the performance of these face recognition algorithms. However, while existing publicly-available face databases contain face images with a wide variety of poses, illumination, gestures and face occlusions but there is no dummy face database is available in public domain. The contributions of this research paper are: i Preparation of dummy face database of 110 subjects ii Comparison of some texture based, feature based and holistic face recognition algorithms on that dummy face database, iii Critical analysis of these types of algorithms on dummy face database.

  17. Is Face Distinctiveness Gender Based?

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    Baudouin, Jean-Yves; Gallay, Mathieu

    2006-01-01

    Two experiments were carried out to study the role of gender category in evaluations of face distinctiveness. In Experiment 1, participants had to evaluate the distinctiveness and the femininity-masculinity of real or artificial composite faces. The composite faces were created by blending either faces of the same gender (sexed composite faces,…

  18. A Real-Time Face Recognition System Using Eigenfaces

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available A real-time system for recognizing faces in a video stream provided by a surveillance camera was implemented, having real-time face detection. Thus, both face detection and face recognition techniques are summary presented, without skipping the important technical aspects. The proposed approach essentially was to implement and verify the algorithm Eigenfaces for Recognition, which solves the recognition problem for two dimensional representations of faces, using the principal component analysis. The snapshots, representing input images for the proposed system, are projected in to a face space (feature space which best defines the variation for the face images training set. The face space is defined by the ‘eigenfaces’ which are the eigenvectors of the set of faces. These eigenfaces contribute in face reconstruction of a new face image projected onto face space with a meaningful (named weight.The projection of the new image in this feature space is then compared to the available projections of training set to identify the person using the Euclidian distance.  The implemented system is able to perform real-time face detection, face recognition and can give feedback giving a window with the subject's info from database and sending an e-mail notification to interested institutions.

  19. 食品防腐剂的应用现状、问题及对策%Current application, problems and countermeasures of food preservative

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    王杉; 揭琴丰; 邱伟华

    2011-01-01

    As a kind of food additive, food preservative can inhibit microbial growth, avoid food spoilage within the warranty period and prolong the conservancy period of food. Therefore, it has been widely used in the food industry. With the economic and social development, food safety issues are pay more attention, especially for the application of food preservative in food process. To protect the security and development of food preservative, various forces should work together to play their positive role. Here, classification and application foreground of the food preservative were described chiefly. Additionally, the current and main problems during the practical using of food preservative were analyzed and the corresponding strategies were put forward in this paper.%食品防腐剂作为食品添加剂的一个类别,可以抑制微生物的生长,从而保证食品在保质期内不发生腐败变质,并延长食品的保存期,其在食品工业中已被广泛应用.随着经济与社会的发展,食品安全问题越来越突出,尤其是对食品加工中使用食品添加剂的安全性问题,其中食品防腐剂是引起食品安全性问题的主要食品添加剂之一.为保障食品防腐剂能得到正确的使用与发展,多方面力量应共同努力,发挥各自的积极作用.本文主要介绍了食品防腐剂的分类及使用前景,并就其目前在实际使用中存在的主要问题提出了相应的对策.

  20. Live face-to-face interaction during fMRI: a new tool for social cognitive neuroscience

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    Redcay, Elizabeth; Dodell-Feder, David; Pearrow, Mark J.; Mavros, Penelope L.; Kleiner, Mario; Gabrieli, John D. E.; Saxe, Rebecca

    2010-01-01

    Cooperative social interaction is critical for human social development and learning. Despite the importance of social interaction, previous neuroimaging studies lack two fundamental components of everyday face-to-face interactions: contingent responding and joint attention. In the current studies, functional MRI data were collected while participants interacted with a human experimenter face-to-face via live video feed as they engaged in simple cooperative games. In Experiment 1, participant...

  1. Face Recognition using Optimal Representation Ensemble

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    Li, Hanxi; Gao, Yongsheng

    2011-01-01

    Recently, the face recognizers based on linear representations have been shown to deliver state-of-the-art performance. In real-world applications, however, face images usually suffer from expressions, disguises and random occlusions. The problematic facial parts undermine the validity of the linear-subspace assumption and thus the recognition performance deteriorates significantly. In this work, we address the problem in a learning-inference-mixed fashion. By observing that the linear-subspace assumption is more reliable on certain face patches rather than on the holistic face, some Bayesian Patch Representations (BPRs) are randomly generated and interpreted according to the Bayes' theory. We then train an ensemble model over the patch-representations by minimizing the empirical risk w.r.t the "leave-one-out margins". The obtained model is termed Optimal Representation Ensemble (ORE), since it guarantees the optimality from the perspective of Empirical Risk Minimization. To handle the unknown patterns in tes...

  2. Hallucinating face in the DCT domain.

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    Zhang, Wei; Cham, Wai-Kuen

    2011-10-01

    In this paper, we propose a novel learning-based face hallucination framework built in the DCT domain, which can produce a high-resolution face image from a single low-resolution one. The problem is formulated as inferring the DCT coefficients in frequency domain instead of estimating pixel intensities in spatial domain. Our study shows that DC coefficients can be estimated fairly accurately by simple interpolation-based methods. AC coefficients, which contain the information of local features of face image, cannot be estimated well using interpolation. A simple but effective learning-based inference model is proposed to infer the ac coefficients. Experiments have been conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method in producing high quality hallucinated face images.

  3. AN EVEN COMPONENT BASED FACE RECOGNITION METHOD

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    2005-01-01

    This paper presents a novel face recognition algorithm. To provide additional variations to training data set, even-odd decomposition is adopted, and only the even components (half-even face images) are used for further processing. To tackle with shift-variant problem,Fourier transform is applied to half-even face images. To reduce the dimension of an image,PCA (Principle Component Analysis) features are extracted from the amplitude spectrum of half-even face images. Finally, nearest neighbor classifier is employed for the task of classification. Experimental results on ORL database show that the proposed method outperforms in terms of accuracy the conventional eigenface method which applies PCA on original images and the eigenface method which uses both the original images and their mirror images as training set.

  4. 我国普通外科医师培养模式及教学面临的问题及对策%Problems and strategies faced by training model and education of general surgeon

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    杨镇

    2015-01-01

    At present, chinese general surgery should improve residency and subspecialty residencies training utilized global standards which is consisted of 3 overlapping phases.Fundamentals of surgery curriculum and surgical skills curriculum are an effective way to enhance the students' basic surgical skills and would obtain the global standards for postgraduate medical education. Working-hour restrictions and a heightened awareness of patient safety has changed resident education and training. Specialization and the current practices of general surgeons are a important problem. Postgraduate medical students program should be combined with resident training.Interprofessional education and service learning is a model for the future of health professions education. Simulation-based surgical education and simulator center has completely revolutionized the training process, especially in the laparoscopic and robotic surgery curriculum for resident training. Virtual realicy is the application of the computer aid technique in recent years, which shows its dominant position in medical education. E-learning will play an important role in the near future.%当前,我国普通外科要以国际标准完善住院医师和专科培训,涵盖医学教育连续统一体的3个阶段。外科基础课程和外科技能课程能有效地提升学生的基本手术技术和能达到全球医学教育最基本要求。医师工作时间的限制和病人安全意识的加强改变了住院医师教育和培训的模式。普通外科医师的专业化与当前的临床实践是重要问题。研究生的教育应与专科医师培训相结合。跨专业教育和学习服务是对未来医疗卫生教育的一种模式。基于虚拟技术的外科培训和模拟中心完全改变了教育的程序,特别是住院医师培训的腹腔镜和机器人外科课程。虚拟现实技术是近年出现的计算机辅助应用技术,在医学教育领域展显优势。电子学习系统将发挥重要作用。

  5. Multi-Pose Face Detection and Tracking Using Condensation

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    Cheng-Chieh Chiang

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Automatically locating face areas can advance applications either in images or videos. This paper proposes a video-based approach for face detection and tracking in an indoor environment to determine where face areas appear in video sequences. Our approach involves four main modules: an initialization module for setting all configurations, a Condensation module for face tracking, a template module for measuring the observation process in Condensation, and a correction module for correcting the tracking if the tracked face has been lost. We adapted the Condensation algorithm for dealing with the face tracking problem, and designed a checklist scheme for the template module that can record the most significant templates of the tracked face poses. We also performed experiments to demonstrate the performance and the robustness of our proposed approach for face detection and tracking.

  6. Reconhecimento de faces 3D com Kinect

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    Cardia Neto, João Baptista [UNESP

    2014-01-01

    For person identification, facil recognition has several advantages over other biometric traits due mostly to its high universelly, collectability, and acceptability. When dealing with 2D face images several problems arise related to pose, illumination, and facial expressions. To increase the performance of facial recognition, 3D mehtods have been proposed and developedm since working with 3D objects allow us to handle better the aforementioned problems. With 3D object, it is possible to rota...

  7. Attention to individual identities modulates face processing.

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    Ruz, María; Aranda, Clara; Sarmiento, Beatriz R; Sanabria, Daniel

    2015-05-01

    The ability of attention to apply in a flexible manner to several types of information at various stages of processing has been studied extensively. However, the susceptibility of these effects to the nature of the idiosyncratic items being attended is less understood. In the current study, we used symbolic cues to orient the attention of participants to the subsequent appearance of the face of a famous person (the former king of Spain) or an unfamiliar face. These were matched in perceptual characteristics. Behavioral effects showed that face-specific attention optimized response speed in an orthogonal task when the target matched the cue (valid trials) compared to when it did not (invalid trials). According to topographical analyses of the electrophysiological data, the famous and unfamiliar faces engaged dissociable brain circuits in two different temporal windows, from 144 to 300 ms after target processing, and at a later 456-492 ms epoch. In addition, orienting attention to specific faces modulated the perceptual stages reflected in the P1 and N170 potentials but with a different laterality pattern that depended on the familiarity of the faces. Whereas only attention to the famous face enhanced the P1 potential at left posterior electrodes, with no corresponding effect for the unfamiliar face at this stage, the N170 was modulated at left posterior sites for the famous item and at right homologous electrodes for the unfamiliar face. Intermediate processing stages, previously linked to facial identity processing indexed by the P2 and N2 potentials, reflected item familiarity but were not affected by the cueing manipulation. At the P3 level, attention influenced again item processing but did so in an equivalent manner for the famous and unfamiliar face. Our results, showing that identity-specific attention modulates perceptual stages of facial processing at different locations depending on idiosyncratic stimulus familiarity, may inform comparison of studies

  8. Face-blind for other-race faces: Individual differences in other-race recognition impairments.

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    Wan, Lulu; Crookes, Kate; Dawel, Amy; Pidcock, Madeleine; Hall, Ashleigh; McKone, Elinor

    2017-01-01

    We report the existence of a previously undescribed group of people, namely individuals who are so poor at recognition of other-race faces that they meet criteria for clinical-level impairment (i.e., they are "face-blind" for other-race faces). Testing 550 participants, and using the well-validated Cambridge Face Memory Test for diagnosing face blindness, results show the rate of other-race face blindness to be nontrivial, specifically 8.1% of Caucasians and Asians raised in majority own-race countries. Results also show risk factors for other-race face blindness to include: a lack of interracial contact; and being at the lower end of the normal range of general face recognition ability (i.e., even for own-race faces); but not applying less individuating effort to other-race than own-race faces. Findings provide a potential resolution of contradictory evidence concerning the importance of the other-race effect (ORE), by explaining how it is possible for the mean ORE to be modest in size (suggesting a genuine but minor problem), and simultaneously for individuals to suffer major functional consequences in the real world (e.g., eyewitness misidentification of other-race offenders leading to wrongful imprisonment). Findings imply that, in legal settings, evaluating an eyewitness's chance of having made an other-race misidentification requires information about the underlying face recognition abilities of the individual witness. Additionally, analogy with prosopagnosia (inability to recognize even own-race faces) suggests everyday social interactions with other-race people, such as those between colleagues in the workplace, will be seriously impacted by the ORE in some people. (PsycINFO Database Record

  9. More breast cancer patients prefer BRCA-mutation testing without prior face-to-face genetic counseling.

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    Sie, Aisha S; van Zelst-Stams, Wendy A G; Spruijt, Liesbeth; Mensenkamp, Arjen R; Ligtenberg, Marjolijn J L; Brunner, Han G; Prins, Judith B; Hoogerbrugge, Nicoline

    2014-06-01

    Currently, most breast cancer (BC) patients receive face-to-face genetic counseling (DNA-intake) prior to BRCA-mutation testing, with generic information regarding hereditary BC and BRCA-mutation testing. This prospective study evaluated a novel format: replacing the intake consultation with telephone, written and digital information sent home, and face-to-face contact following BRCA-mutation testing (DNA-direct). From August 2011 to February 2012, 161 of 233 eligible BC patients referred to our Human Genetics department chose between DNA-direct (intervention) or DNA-intake (control). Exclusion criteria were psychological problems (n = 33), difficulty with Dutch text (n = 5), known BRCA-family (n = 3), non-BRCA-referral (n = 1). 30 declined genetic counseling or study participation. Participants received questionnaires including satisfaction and psychological distress. 59 % chose DNA-direct (p = 0.03), of whom 90 % were satisfied and would choose DNA-direct again (including 6/8 BRCA-mutation carriers); although 27 % hesitated to recommend DNA-direct to other patients. General distress (GHQ-12, p = 0.001) and heredity-specific distress (IES, p = 0.02) scored lower in DNA-direct than DNA-intake, both at baseline and follow-up 2 weeks after BRCA-result disclosure; all scores remained below clinical relevance. DNA-direct participants reported higher website use (53 vs. 32 %, p = 0.01), more referrer information about personal consequences (41 vs. 20 %, p = 0.004) and lower decisional conflict (median 20 [0-88] vs. 25 [0-50], p = 0.01). Processing time in DNA-direct was reduced by 1 month. Mutation detection rate was 8 % in both groups. All BRCA-mutation carriers fulfilled current testing criteria. In conclusion, more BC patients preferred DNA-direct over intake consultation prior to BRCA-mutation testing, the majority being strongly to moderately satisfied with the procedure followed, without increased distress.

  10. Facing Aggression: Cues Differ for Female versus Male Faces

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    Geniole, Shawn N.; Keyes, Amanda E.; Mondloch, Catherine J.; Carré, Justin M.; McCormick, Cheryl M.

    2012-01-01

    The facial width-to-height ratio (face ratio), is a sexually dimorphic metric associated with actual aggression in men and with observers' judgements of aggression in male faces. Here, we sought to determine if observers' judgements of aggression were associated with the face ratio in female faces. In three studies, participants rated photographs of female and male faces on aggression, femininity, masculinity, attractiveness, and nurturing. In Studies 1 and 2, for female and male faces, judgements of aggression were associated with the face ratio even when other cues in the face related to masculinity were controlled statistically. Nevertheless, correlations between the face ratio and judgements of aggression were smaller for female than for male faces (F1,36 = 7.43, p = 0.01). In Study 1, there was no significant relationship between judgements of femininity and of aggression in female faces. In Study 2, the association between judgements of masculinity and aggression was weaker in female faces than for male faces in Study 1. The weaker association in female faces may be because aggression and masculinity are stereotypically male traits. Thus, in Study 3, observers rated faces on nurturing (a stereotypically female trait) and on femininity. Judgements of nurturing were associated with femininity (positively) and masculinity (negatively) ratings in both female and male faces. In summary, the perception of aggression differs in female versus male faces. The sex difference was not simply because aggression is a gendered construct; the relationships between masculinity/femininity and nurturing were similar for male and female faces even though nurturing is also a gendered construct. Masculinity and femininity ratings are not associated with aggression ratings nor with the face ratio for female faces. In contrast, all four variables are highly inter-correlated in male faces, likely because these cues in male faces serve as “honest signals”. PMID:22276184

  11. Anatomy Education Faces Challenges in Pakistan

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    Memon, Ismail K.

    2009-01-01

    Anatomy education in Pakistan is facing many of the same challenges as in other parts of the world. Roughly, a decade ago, all medical and dental colleges in Pakistan emphasized anatomy as a core basic discipline within a traditional medical science curriculum. Now institutions are adopting problem based learning (PBL) teaching philosophies, and…

  12. Facing Sound - Voicing Art

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    Lønstrup, Ansa

    2013-01-01

    This article is based on examples of contemporary audiovisual art, with a special focus on the Tony Oursler exhibition Face to Face at Aarhus Art Museum ARoS in Denmark in March-July 2012. My investigation involves a combination of qualitative interviews with visitors, observations of the audienc......´s interactions with the exhibition and the artwork in the museum space and short analyses of individual works of art based on reception aesthetics and phenomenology and inspired by newer writings on sound, voice and listening....

  13. Problem Solving Techniques Seminar.

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    This booklet is one of six texts from a workplace literacy curriculum designed to assist learners in facing the increased demands of the workplace. Six problem-solving techniques are developed in the booklet to assist individuals and groups in making better decisions: problem identification, data gathering, data analysis, solution analysis,…

  14. Analysis of the generation and monitoring of impact on fauna in the gas pipeline works in the current environmental legislation; Analise da geracao e monitoramento do impacto sobre a fauna silvestre em obras de gasodutos face a legislacao ambiental vigente

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    Caldas, Flaviana V.; Serricchio, Claudio [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Akahori, Lisa [TELSAN Engenharia e Servicos Ltda, Vitoria, ES (Brazil); Nascimento, Reinaldo R. [IMC Saste - Construcoes, Servicos e Comercio Ltda., Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The impacts to wildlife in areas where gas pipelines will be implemented are considerable, changing the existing balance. The main environmental measure adopted in the cases is the deployment of the Fauna Management Programme. This programme is sub - divided into two: Monitoring and Rescue of the fauna. The tracking step starts before the installation of the venture, with the completion of a first in order to identify the impacts before the venture, and finishes two years after the end of the works. These studies are based on guidelines set in the Normative Instruction of the environmental licensor agency, in which the criteria for implementation are restrictive, often without making a license agency distinction of methodology for enterprises with different characteristics. This article intended to review the criteria and the procedures established by the legislation and its real applicability in gas pipeline projects face to the environmental impacts identified to this activity. For this analysis, the methodology used was the case study of two gas pipelines: Cabiunas - Vitoria (GASCAV) and Cacimbas - Catu (GASCAC). The results allowed to conclude that the actions developed to the Sub-Programme of Rescue of the fauna are satisfactory to control environmental impacts and that the Sub-Programme of Monitoring of the fauna just confirm behaviors and information's previous detected. (author)

  15. The Role of Configural Processing in Face Classification by Race: An ERP Study

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    Lv, Jing; Yan, Tianyi; Tao, Luyang; Zhao, Lun

    2015-01-01

    The current study investigated the time course of the other-race classification advantage (ORCA) in the subordinate classification of normally configured faces and distorted faces by race. Slightly distorting the face configuration delayed the categorization of own-race faces and had no conspicuous effects on other-race faces. The N170 was sensitive neither to configural distortions nor to faces' races. The P3 was enhanced for other-race than own-race faces and reduced by configural manipulation only for own-race faces. We suggest that the source of ORCA is the configural analysis applied by default while processing own-race faces. PMID:26733850

  16. Conjunction Faces Alter Confidence-Accuracy Relations for Old Faces

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    Reinitz, Mark Tippens; Loftus, Geoffrey R.

    2017-01-01

    The authors used a state-trace methodology to investigate the informational dimensions used to recognize old and conjunction faces (made by combining parts of separately studied faces). Participants in 3 experiments saw faces presented for 1 s each. They then received a recognition test; faces were presented for varying brief durations and…

  17. Bayesian Face Recognition and Perceptual Narrowing in Face-Space

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    Balas, Benjamin

    2012-01-01

    During the first year of life, infants' face recognition abilities are subject to "perceptual narrowing", the end result of which is that observers lose the ability to distinguish previously discriminable faces (e.g. other-race faces) from one another. Perceptual narrowing has been reported for faces of different species and different races, in…

  18. Real Time Face Quality Assessment for Face Log Generation

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    Kamal, Nasrollahi; Moeslund, Thomas B.

    2009-01-01

    Summarizing a long surveillance video to just a few best quality face images of each subject, a face-log, is of great importance in surveillance systems. Face quality assessment is the back-bone for face log generation and improving the quality assessment makes the face logs more reliable....... Developing a real time face quality assessment system using the most important facial features and employing it for face logs generation are the concerns of this paper. Extensive tests using four databases are carried out to validate the usability of the system....

  19. Recognition of Face and Emotional Facial Expressions in Autism

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Autism is a genetically transferred neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by severe and permanent deficits in many interpersonal relation areas like communication, social interaction and emotional responsiveness. Patients with autism have deficits in face recognition, eye contact and recognition of emotional expression. Both recognition of face and expression of facial emotion carried on face processing. Structural and functional impairment in fusiform gyrus, amygdala, superior temporal sulcus and other brain regions lead to deficits in recognition of face and facial emotion. Therefore studies suggest that face processing deficits resulted in problems in areas of social interaction and emotion in autism. Studies revealed that children with autism had problems in recognition of facial expression and used mouth region more than eye region. It was also shown that autistic patients interpreted ambiguous expressions as negative emotion. In autism, deficits related in various stages of face processing like detection of gaze, face identity, recognition of emotional expression were determined, so far. Social interaction impairments in autistic spectrum disorders originated from face processing deficits during the periods of infancy, childhood and adolescence. Recognition of face and expression of facial emotion could be affected either automatically by orienting towards faces after birth, or by “learning” processes in developmental periods such as identity and emotion processing. This article aimed to review neurobiological basis of face processing and recognition of emotional facial expressions during normal development and in autism.

  20. No-reference face image assessment based on deep features

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    Liu, Guirong; Xu, Yi; Lan, Jinpeng

    2016-09-01

    Face quality assessment is important to improve the performance of face recognition system. For instance, it is required to select images of good quality to improve recognition rate for the person of interest. Current methods mostly depend on traditional image assessment, which use prior knowledge of human vision system. As a result, the quality score of face images shows consistency with human vision perception but deviates from the processing procedure of a real face recognition system. It is the fact that the state-of-art face recognition systems are all built on deep neural networks. Naturally, it is expected to propose an efficient quality scoring method of face images, which should show high consistency with the recognition rate of face images from current face recognition systems. This paper proposes a non-reference face image assessment algorithm based on the deep features, which is capable of predicting the recognition rate of face images. The proposed face image assessment algorithm provides a promising tool to filter out the good input images for the real face recognition system to achieve high recognition rate.

  1. Face recognition system and method using face pattern words and face pattern bytes

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    Zheng, Yufeng

    2014-12-23

    The present invention provides a novel system and method for identifying individuals and for face recognition utilizing facial features for face identification. The system and method of the invention comprise creating facial features or face patterns called face pattern words and face pattern bytes for face identification. The invention also provides for pattern recognitions for identification other than face recognition. The invention further provides a means for identifying individuals based on visible and/or thermal images of those individuals by utilizing computer software implemented by instructions on a computer or computer system and a computer readable medium containing instructions on a computer system for face recognition and identification.

  2. Multibiometrics for face recognition

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    Veldhuis, Raymond; Deravi, Farzin; Tao, Qian

    2008-01-01

    Fusion is a popular practice to combine multiple sources of biometric information to achieve systems with greater performance and flexibility. In this paper various approaches to fusion within a multibiometrics context are considered and an application to the fusion of 2D and 3D face information is

  3. Multibiometrics for face recognition

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    Veldhuis, Raymond N.J.; Deravi, Farzin; Tao, Q.

    Fusion is a popular practice to combine multiple sources of biometric information to achieve systems with greater performance and flexibility. In this paper various approaches to fusion within a multibiometrics context are considered and an application to the fusion of 2D and 3D face information is

  4. Two Faces of Japan.

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    1992-01-01

    Discusses the inconsistency between Japanese exploitation of world natural resources and gestures to provide leadership in ecologically innovative technology. Explores Japanese culture, power structure, population trends, environmental ethics, industrialism, and international business practices as they relate to the philosophical face of…

  5. Bayesian Face Sketch Synthesis.

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    Wang, Nannan; Gao, Xinbo; Sun, Leiyu; Li, Jie

    2017-03-01

    Exemplar-based face sketch synthesis has been widely applied to both digital entertainment and law enforcement. In this paper, we propose a Bayesian framework for face sketch synthesis, which provides a systematic interpretation for understanding the common properties and intrinsic difference in different methods from the perspective of probabilistic graphical models. The proposed Bayesian framework consists of two parts: the neighbor selection model and the weight computation model. Within the proposed framework, we further propose a Bayesian face sketch synthesis method. The essential rationale behind the proposed Bayesian method is that we take the spatial neighboring constraint between adjacent image patches into consideration for both aforementioned models, while the state-of-the-art methods neglect the constraint either in the neighbor selection model or in the weight computation model. Extensive experiments on the Chinese University of Hong Kong face sketch database demonstrate that the proposed Bayesian method could achieve superior performance compared with the state-of-the-art methods in terms of both subjective perceptions and objective evaluations.

  6. Facing Up to Death

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    Ross, Elizabeth Kubler

    1972-01-01

    Doctor urges that Americans accept death as a part of life and suggests ways of helping dying patients and their families face reality calmly, with peace. Dying children and their siblings, as well as children's feelings about relatives' deaths, are also discussed. (PD)

  7. Autonomous Face Segmentation

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    1992-09-01

    and Rhea Diamond. "From Piecemeal to Configurational Repre- sentation of Faces," Science, 195:312-314 (Jan 1977). 3. Damasio , Antonio R...34Prosopagnosia," Trends in Neuroscience, 8:132-135 (1985). 4. Damasio , Antonio R. and others. "Prosopagnosia: Anatomic Basis and Behav- ioral Mechanisms

  8. PrimeFaces blueprints

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    Jonna, Sudheer

    2014-01-01

    If you are a Java developer with experience of frontend UI development, and want to take the plunge to develop stunning UI applications with the most popular JSF framework, PrimeFaces, then this book is for you. For those with entrepreneurial aspirations, this book will provide valuable insights into how to utilize successful business models.

  9. Facing Up to Death

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    Ross, Elizabeth Kubler

    1972-01-01

    Doctor urges that Americans accept death as a part of life and suggests ways of helping dying patients and their families face reality calmly, with peace. Dying children and their siblings, as well as children's feelings about relatives' deaths, are also discussed. (PD)

  10. Age-Dependent Face Detection and Face Categorization Performance

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    Claus-Christian Carbon; Martina Grüter; Thomas Grüter

    2013-01-01

    Empirical studies on the development of face processing skills with age show inconsistent patterns concerning qualitative vs. quantitative changes over time or the age range for peak cognitive performance. In the present study, we tested the proficiency in face detection and face categorization with a large sample of participants (N = 312; age range: 2-88 yrs). As test objects, we used so-called Mooney faces, two-tone (black and white) images of faces lacking critical information of a local, ...

  11. The Fourth International Network of Twin Registries: Overview from Osaka/Research Reviews: Familial Fraternal Twinning; Twin Study of Masculine Faces; Physical Aggression and Epigenetics; Prenatal Education for Parents of Twins/Current Events: 2016 Guinness Book of World Records; Oldest Living Male Twins; Twins Reunited at Sixty-Nine; Panda Twins; Twins.com.

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    Segal, Nancy L

    2015-12-01

    The 4th International Network of Twin Registries (INTR) Consortium Meeting took place in Osaka, Japan, September 28-29, 2015. The venue was the Osaka Medical Center for Medical Innovation and Translational Research. An overview of presentations and other activities is provided. Next, 1930s research on familial fraternal twinning, preference for masculine faces, physical aggression and epigenetics, and a prenatal education program for parents of multiples are described. Current twin-related events include the 2016 Guinness Book of World Records (GWR), the oldest living male twins, newly reunited twins, the birth of panda twins and a controversial twin-based website.

  12. Face aftereffects predict individual differences in face recognition ability.

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    Dennett, Hugh W; McKone, Elinor; Edwards, Mark; Susilo, Tirta

    2012-01-01

    Face aftereffects are widely studied on the assumption that they provide a useful tool for investigating face-space coding of identity. However, a long-standing issue concerns the extent to which face aftereffects originate in face-level processes as opposed to earlier stages of visual processing. For example, some recent studies failed to find atypical face aftereffects in individuals with clinically poor face recognition. We show that in individuals within the normal range of face recognition abilities, there is an association between face memory ability and a figural face aftereffect that is argued to reflect the steepness of broadband-opponent neural response functions in underlying face-space. We further show that this correlation arises from face-level processing, by reporting results of tests of nonface memory and nonface aftereffects. We conclude that face aftereffects can tap high-level face-space, and that face-space coding differs in quality between individuals and contributes to face recognition ability.

  13. South Africa faces coke shortage

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    Iscor Vanderbijlpark in South Africa may need to import substantial tonnages of coking coal as a result of increasing quality demands on coke at Vanderbiljpark (to support the recently installed PCI process) as well as the Newcastle works. Availability of coke is not only a problem for the South African steel industry but is a global problem as the production of coke in Western countries has declined over the past three years. A massive expansion in coke-making capacity is happening in China but the Chinese beehive ovens create serious pollution problems. A world shortage of coke of 30 million t/y by 2005 is estimated, rising to over 60 million t/y by 2010 of no new capacity is created. Steelmakers have succeeded in reducing their consumption of coke, by pulverised coal injection by better distribution of components in the furnace shaft and by decline in use of the blast furnace-basic oxygen furnace route, but the industry is still facing serious shortages of coke.

  14. Pose-Invariant Face Recognition via RGB-D Images

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    Gaoli Sang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Three-dimensional (3D face models can intrinsically handle large pose face recognition problem. In this paper, we propose a novel pose-invariant face recognition method via RGB-D images. By employing depth, our method is able to handle self-occlusion and deformation, both of which are challenging problems in two-dimensional (2D face recognition. Texture images in the gallery can be rendered to the same view as the probe via depth. Meanwhile, depth is also used for similarity measure via frontalization and symmetric filling. Finally, both texture and depth contribute to the final identity estimation. Experiments on Bosphorus, CurtinFaces, Eurecom, and Kiwi databases demonstrate that the additional depth information has improved the performance of face recognition with large pose variations and under even more challenging conditions.

  15. The Comparative study of Automated Face replacement Techniques for Video

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    Harmesh Sanghvi

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available For entertaining purposes, a computerized special effect referred to as “morphing” has enlarged huge attention and face replacement is one of the interesting tasks. Face replacement in video is a useful application in the amusement and special effect industries. Though various techniques for face replacement have been developed for single image and generally applied in animation and morphing, there are few mechanisms to spread out these techniques to handle videos automatically. Face replacement in video automatically is not only a fascinating application, but a challenging problem. For face replacement in video, the frame-by-frame manipulation process using the software is often time consuming and labor-intensive. Hence, the paper compares numerous latest Automatic face replacement techniques in video to understand the various problems to be solved, their shortcomings and benefits over others.

  16. Human faces are slower than chimpanzee faces.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: While humans (like other primates communicate with facial expressions, the evolution of speech added a new function to the facial muscles (facial expression muscles. The evolution of speech required the development of a coordinated action between visual (movement of the lips and auditory signals in a rhythmic fashion to produce "visemes" (visual movements of the lips that correspond to specific sounds. Visemes depend upon facial muscles to regulate shape of the lips, which themselves act as speech articulators. This movement necessitates a more controlled, sustained muscle contraction than that produced during spontaneous facial expressions which occur rapidly and last only a short period of time. Recently, it was found that human tongue musculature contains a higher proportion of slow-twitch myosin fibers than in rhesus macaques, which is related to the slower, more controlled movements of the human tongue in the production of speech. Are there similar unique, evolutionary physiologic biases found in human facial musculature related to the evolution of speech? METHODOLOGY/PRINICIPAL FINDINGS: Using myosin immunohistochemistry, we tested the hypothesis that human facial musculature has a higher percentage of slow-twitch myosin fibers relative to chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes and rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta. We sampled the orbicularis oris and zygomaticus major muscles from three cadavers of each species and compared proportions of fiber-types. Results confirmed our hypothesis: humans had the highest proportion of slow-twitch myosin fibers while chimpanzees had the highest proportion of fast-twitch fibers. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: These findings demonstrate that the human face is slower than that of rhesus macaques and our closest living relative, the chimpanzee. They also support the assertion that human facial musculature and speech co-evolved. Further, these results suggest a unique set of evolutionary selective pressures on

  17. Learning Race from Face: A Survey.

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    Fu, Siyao; He, Haibo; Hou, Zeng-Guang

    2014-12-01

    Faces convey a wealth of social signals, including race, expression, identity, age and gender, all of which have attracted increasing attention from multi-disciplinary research, such as psychology, neuroscience, computer science, to name a few. Gleaned from recent advances in computer vision, computer graphics, and machine learning, computational intelligence based racial face analysis has been particularly popular due to its significant potential and broader impacts in extensive real-world applications, such as security and defense, surveillance, human computer interface (HCI), biometric-based identification, among others. These studies raise an important question: How implicit, non-declarative racial category can be conceptually modeled and quantitatively inferred from the face? Nevertheless, race classification is challenging due to its ambiguity and complexity depending on context and criteria. To address this challenge, recently, significant efforts have been reported toward race detection and categorization in the community. This survey provides a comprehensive and critical review of the state-of-the-art advances in face-race perception, principles, algorithms, and applications. We first discuss race perception problem formulation and motivation, while highlighting the conceptual potentials of racial face processing. Next, taxonomy of feature representational models, algorithms, performance and racial databases are presented with systematic discussions within the unified learning scenario. Finally, in order to stimulate future research in this field, we also highlight the major opportunities and challenges, as well as potentially important cross-cutting themes and research directions for the issue of learning race from face.

  18. Iterative closest normal point for 3D face recognition.

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    Mohammadzade, Hoda; Hatzinakos, Dimitrios

    2013-02-01

    The common approach for 3D face recognition is to register a probe face to each of the gallery faces and then calculate the sum of the distances between their points. This approach is computationally expensive and sensitive to facial expression variation. In this paper, we introduce the iterative closest normal point method for finding the corresponding points between a generic reference face and every input face. The proposed correspondence finding method samples a set of points for each face, denoted as the closest normal points. These points are effectively aligned across all faces, enabling effective application of discriminant analysis methods for 3D face recognition. As a result, the expression variation problem is addressed by minimizing the within-class variability of the face samples while maximizing the between-class variability. As an important conclusion, we show that the surface normal vectors of the face at the sampled points contain more discriminatory information than the coordinates of the points. We have performed comprehensive experiments on the Face Recognition Grand Challenge database, which is presently the largest available 3D face database. We have achieved verification rates of 99.6 and 99.2 percent at a false acceptance rate of 0.1 percent for the all versus all and ROC III experiments, respectively, which, to the best of our knowledge, have seven and four times less error rates, respectively, compared to the best existing methods on this database.

  19. Study on problems facing with UAV formation flight and its key technology%无人机编队飞行面临问题及关键技术研究

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    潘华; 毛海涛

    2014-01-01

    随着无人机任务的复杂性增加,无人机编队飞行成为无人机发展的新方向。为了研究无人机由于编队带来的新问题,分析在单架无人机执行任务时所遇到的问题及无人机编队飞行的必要性,并在分析无人机编队飞行的特点基础上,阐述编队飞行过程中所需解决的问题。通过查阅近几年国内外对于无人机编队的问题研究,总结整理出无人机编队主要面临的队形保持中控制器设计、防撞避障及航迹规划中路径优化等问题。针对各个问题,对编队飞行过程中的关键技术进行探讨和分析。%With the increase of the mission complexity of UAV,UAV formation flight has become the new trend of UAV de-velopment. To study the new problems brought about by UAV formation flight,the problems encountered in mission of single UAV and the necessity of UAV formation flight are analyzed. The problems needing to solve in process of formation flight are ex-pounded based on the analysis of UAV formation flight features. By consulting the research achievements of UAV formation flight at home and aboard in recent years,the main problems,such as controller design for formation keeping,collision avoidance and path optimization in route planning that UAV formation flight encounters are summarized. The key technology in process of UAV formation flight is discussed and analyzed.

  20. Why is adolescence a key period of alcohol initiation and who is prone to develop long-term problem use?: A review of current available data

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    Géraldine Petit

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Early adolescence is a key developmental period for the initiation of alcohol use, and consumption among adolescents is characterized by drinking in high quantities. At the same time, adolescence is characterized by rapid biological transformations including dramatic changes in the brain, particularly in the prefrontal cortex and the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system. Methods: This article begins with an overview of the unique neural and behavioural characteristics of adolescent development that predispose these individuals to seek rewards and take risks such as initiation of drinking and high levels of alcohol intake. The authors then outline important factors associated with an increased risk for developing alcohol problems in later adolescence and young adulthood. Thereafter they address causality and the complex interplay of risk factors that lead to the development of alcohol use problems in late adolescence and young adults. Conclusions: A few recommendations for the prevention of underage drinking are presented.

  1. October 29-31, 2003 geomagnetic storm: geomagnetically induced currents and their relation to problems in the Swedish high-voltage power transmission system

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    Pulkkinen, A. A.; Lindahl, S.; Viljanen, A.; Pirjola, R.

    2004-12-01

    In October 30, 2003, an ongoing geomagnetic superstorm knocked down a part of the high-voltage power transmission system in southern Sweden operated by the Sydkraft company. The blackout lasted for an hour and left about 50000 people without electricity. The incident was probably the most severe GIC failure observed since the well-known March 1989 Québec blackout and thus the problems in a Swedish system deserve a closer look. The geophysical background and the impacts on the Swedish high-voltage power transmission system of the October 29-31, 2003 geomagnetic storm are described in the study at hand. It was seen that athough no serious problems in North-America have been reported, the "three-phase" storm produced exceptionally large geomagnetic activity at the Fennoscandian auroral region. It was also seen that GIC modeled for southern Sweden region using very simplistic methods were able to explain the times of the failures in the Swedish system thus confirming the sources of experienced problems and adding also GIC to the long list of causes of technological impacts of the storm. Though the great diversity of the GIC drivers are addresses in the study, the problems in operating the Swedish system during the exceptionally intense storm of October 29-31, 2003 are attributed geophysically to substorms, SSCs and enhanced ionospheric convection all of which were creating large and complex geoelectric fields capable of driving large GIC. Based on the basic two-fold nature of the failure-related geoelectric field characteristics, a semi-deterministic approach for forecasting GIC-related geomagnetic activity in which average overall activity is supplemented with statistical estimations of the amplitudes of GIC fluctuations is suggested.

  2. Automated Face Recognition System

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    1992-12-01

    atestfOl.feature-vectjJ -averageljJ); for(j=l; <num-coefsj++) for(i= 5 num-train-faces;i++) sdlQjI -(btrainhil.feaure..vecU1- veagU (btraintil.feature- vecU ... vecU ])* (atest(O1.feature-vecUJ - btrain[iI.feature- vecU ]) + temp; btrain(ii.distance = sqrt ( (double) temp); I**** Store the k-nearest neighbors rank

  3. Auto Industry Faces Change

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    A number of indicators show that China's auto industry is facing a new round of large-scale restructuring. When the global auto industry was undergoing reorganization 10 years ago, China's auto industry was in its early stages, acting in a relatively closed market, and thus it missed out on that important event. However, the situation is different today. In the past decade, China's auto industry has grown at a rapid pace. While the world's major transnational companies are

  4. Passing faces: sequence-dependent variations in the perceptual processing of emotional faces.

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    Karl, Christian; Hewig, Johannes; Osinsky, Roman

    2016-10-01

    There is broad evidence that contextual factors influence the processing of emotional facial expressions. Yet temporal-dynamic aspects, inter alia how face processing is influenced by the specific order of neutral and emotional facial expressions, have been largely neglected. To shed light on this topic, we recorded electroencephalogram from 168 healthy participants while they performed a gender-discrimination task with angry and neutral faces. Our event-related potential (ERP) analyses revealed a strong emotional modulation of the N170 component, indicating that the basic visual encoding and emotional analysis of a facial stimulus happen, at least partially, in parallel. While the N170 and the late positive potential (LPP; 400-600 ms) were only modestly affected by the sequence of preceding faces, we observed a strong influence of face sequences on the early posterior negativity (EPN; 200-300 ms). Finally, the differing response patterns of the EPN and LPP indicate that these two ERPs represent distinct processes during face analysis: while the former seems to represent the integration of contextual information in the perception of a current face, the latter appears to represent the net emotional interpretation of a current face.

  5. Cultural Challenges Faced by Mexican Immigrant Students

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    Zugel, Kevin

    2012-01-01

    This purpose of this investigation is to explore the cultural challenges faced by Mexican immigrant students through the study of current literature. Four themes emerged as a result of the investigation: dominant pedagogy, educational skills, deficit model, and student identities. The themes are discussed and suggestions are made as to how these…

  6. Face Recognition System based on SURF and LDA Technique

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    Narpat A. Singh

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available In the past decade, Improve the quality in face recognition system is a challenge. It is a challenging problem and widely studied in the different type of imag-es to provide the best quality of faces in real life. These problems come due to illumination and pose effect due to light in gradient features. The improvement and optimization of human face recognition and detection is an important problem in the real life that can be handles to optimize the error rate, accuracy, peak signal to noise ratio, mean square error, and structural similarity Index. Now-a-days, there several methods are proposed to recognition face in different problem to optimize above parameters. There occur many invariant changes in hu-man faces due to the illumination and pose variations. In this paper we proposed a novel method in face recogni-tion to improve the quality parameters using speed up robust feature and linear discriminant analysis for opti-mize result. SURF is used for feature matching. In this paper, we use linear discriminant analysis for the edge dimensions reduction to live faces from our data-sets. The proposed method shows the better result as compare to the previous result on the basis of comparative analysis because our method show the better quality and better results in live images of face.

  7. Generating virtual training samples for sparse representation of face images and face recognition

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    Du, Yong; Wang, Yu

    2016-03-01

    There are many challenges in face recognition. In real-world scenes, images of the same face vary with changing illuminations, different expressions and poses, multiform ornaments, or even altered mental status. Limited available training samples cannot convey these possible changes in the training phase sufficiently, and this has become one of the restrictions to improve the face recognition accuracy. In this article, we view the multiplication of two images of the face as a virtual face image to expand the training set and devise a representation-based method to perform face recognition. The generated virtual samples really reflect some possible appearance and pose variations of the face. By multiplying a training sample with another sample from the same subject, we can strengthen the facial contour feature and greatly suppress the noise. Thus, more human essential information is retained. Also, uncertainty of the training data is simultaneously reduced with the increase of the training samples, which is beneficial for the training phase. The devised representation-based classifier uses both the original and new generated samples to perform the classification. In the classification phase, we first determine K nearest training samples for the current test sample by calculating the Euclidean distances between the test sample and training samples. Then, a linear combination of these selected training samples is used to represent the test sample, and the representation result is used to classify the test sample. The experimental results show that the proposed method outperforms some state-of-the-art face recognition methods.

  8. Faces with light makeup are better recognized than faces with heavy makeup

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Many women wear facial makeup to accentuate their appeal and attractiveness. Makeup may vary from natural (light to glamorous (heavy, depending of the context of interpersonal situations, an emphasis on femininity, and current societal makeup trends. This study examined how light makeup and heavy makeup influenced attractiveness ratings and facial recognition. In a rating task, 38 Japanese women assigned attractiveness ratings to 36 Japanese female faces with no makeup, light makeup, and heavy makeup (12 each. In a subsequent recognition task, the participants were presented with 36 old and 36 new faces. Results indicated that attractiveness was rated highest for the light makeup faces and lowest for the no makeup faces. In contrast, recognition performance was higher for the no makeup and light make up faces than for the heavy makeup faces. Faces with heavy makeup produced a higher rate of false recognition than did other faces, possibly because heavy makeup creates an impression of the style of makeup itself, rather than the individual wearing the makeup. The present study suggests that light makeup is preferable to heavy makeup in that light makeup does not interfere with individual recognition and gives beholders positive impressions.

  9. Faces with Light Makeup Are Better Recognized than Faces with Heavy Makeup.

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    Tagai, Keiko; Ohtaka, Hitomi; Nittono, Hiroshi

    2016-01-01

    Many women wear facial makeup to accentuate their appeal and attractiveness. Makeup may vary from natural (light) to glamorous (heavy), depending of the context of interpersonal situations, an emphasis on femininity, and current societal makeup trends. This study examined how light makeup and heavy makeup influenced attractiveness ratings and facial recognition. In a rating task, 38 Japanese women assigned attractiveness ratings to 36 Japanese female faces with no makeup, light makeup, and heavy makeup (12 each). In a subsequent recognition task, the participants were presented with 36 old and 36 new faces. Results indicated that attractiveness was rated highest for the light makeup faces and lowest for the no makeup faces. In contrast, recognition performance was higher for the no makeup and light make up faces than for the heavy makeup faces. Faces with heavy makeup produced a higher rate of false recognition than did other faces, possibly because heavy makeup creates an impression of the style of makeup itself, rather than the individual wearing the makeup. The present study suggests that light makeup is preferable to heavy makeup in that light makeup does not interfere with individual recognition and gives beholders positive impressions.

  10. Decoding of faces and face components in face-sensitive human visual cortex

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    David F Nichols

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available A great challenge to the field of visual neuroscience is to understand how faces are encoded and represented within the human brain. Here we show evidence from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI for spatially distributed processing of the whole face and its components in face-sensitive human visual cortex. We used multi-class linear pattern classifiers constructed with a leave-one-scan-out verification procedure to discriminate brain activation patterns elicited by whole faces, the internal features alone, and the external head outline alone. Furthermore, our results suggest that whole faces are represented disproportionately in the fusiform cortex (FFA whereas the building blocks of faces are represented disproportionately in occipitotemporal cortex (OFA. Faces and face components may therefore be organized with functional clustering within both the FFA and OFA, but with specialization for face components in the OFA and the whole face in the FFA.

  11. Problem and current lines in investigations on the epidemiology of leishmaniasis and its control in the U.S.S.R.

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    Kellina, O I

    1981-01-01

    The present epidemiological situation of the three nosoforms of leismaniasis (i.e. anthroponotic cutaneous leishmaniasis, zoonotic cutaneous leishmainiasis and visceral leishmaniasis) in the U.S.S.R. is exposed. The current lines in inveestigation of their epidemiology are then presented, with special reference to the methods used and the results obtained for their control.

  12. 安吉白茶产业发展面临的主要问题及其对策%The Major Problem Facing the Development of Anji White Tea Industry and Its Countermeasures

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    任富丽; 王文龙; 杨国庆

    2015-01-01

    内在的优良品质和政府严格的质量控制、积极的品牌塑造与推广使安吉白茶异军突起,短短20年间跻身国内名茶行列,成为安吉县的支柱产业,有力支持了安吉美丽乡村建设,为中国农业产业化树立了新标杆。但随着产业扩张,安吉白茶也面临发展瓶颈,只有对安吉白茶进行合理定位,处理好产业发展与生态保护的关系,加强质量控制,选择好合理的生产经营主体进行扶植,与外地白茶建立共生关系,坚持专卖店、国内市场为主的销售战略,安吉白茶产业才能维护产品质量和品牌声誉,巩固市场地位,实现可持续发展。%In the past short period of 20 years,the white tea has entered the rank of famous tea at home,and has become a pillar industry in the Anji County,which has greatly helped the construction of the beautiful countryside and set a new standard for the agricultural industrialization in China.But with industrial expansion,Anji white tea is also facing development bottlenecks and only by setting a reason-able position to Anji white tea,correctly handling the relationship between industrial development and ecological protection,strengthening quality control,choosing to foster good and reasonable production business entities,establishing a co existence relationship with the white tea producers in other regions and adhering to special sales shops and strategy with the internal market as the main sales channel can the Anji white tea industry maintain its product quality and brand reputation,strengthen its market po-sition and achieve sustainable development.

  13. The A-priori Traveling Salesman Problem with Time Windows

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    Larsen, Allan; Madsen, Oli B.G.; Solomon, Marius M.

    2004-01-01

    In this paper we examine the traveling saleman problem with time windows for various degrees of dynamism. In contrast to the static problem, where the dispatcher can plan ahead, in the dynamic version, part or all of the necessary information becomes available only during the day of operation. We...... seek to minimize lateness and examine the impact of this criterion choice on the distance traveled. Our focus on lateness is motivated by the problem faced by overnight mail service providers. We propose a real-time solution method that requires the vehicle, when idle, to wait at the current customer...... the least extra distance to be traveled among the relocation policies....

  14. SMALL WATER RESERVOIRS – SOURCES OF WATER OR PROBLEMS?

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    Ľuboš Jurik; Dušan Húska; Klaudia Halászová; Anna Bandlerová

    2015-01-01

    The design of small water reservoirs in Slovakia and neighbouring countries has common origins in the middle of the last century. Most of them were an alternative source of water for irrigation of field crops. Nowadays, we have to face new problems, such as the problems with the design of hydrological data and real current discharges, the problems with original and new design of the flood wave for the solution of the safety overflow. All of Q100 flows recorded nowadays are much higher than th...

  15. 我国医药产业创新药物研发面临的问题及对策探讨%Discussion on Problems of Innovative Drug R&D Faced by Pharmaceutical Industry and Countermeasures in China

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    刘昌孝

    2012-01-01

    目的:为推动我国医药产业创新药物研发提供参考.方法:在研究我国创新药物研发现状的基础上,分析创新药物研发所面临的问题.结果与结论:我国创新药物研发面临研发资金投入不足、研发主题错位、知识产权保护不力、机制落后等问题.建议加大研发资金投入、促使企业成为研发主体、完善知识产权保护、优化相关机制.相信随着我国医药产业结构的调整,行业规范日趋合理,市场运行机制日趋完善,一定能够实现从原料药和仿制药大国到创新药大国的跨越.%OBJECTIVE: To provide reference for the promotion of innovative drug R&D in pharmaceutical industry in China. METHODS: Based on the status quo of innovative drug R&D in China, the problems of innovative drug R&D were analyzed. RE-SULTS&CONCLUSION: The problems of innovative drug R&D are inadequate fund, R&D subject misplacement, insufficient intellectual property protection, behindhand mechanism, etc. It is suggested to expand input, promote enterprise to be R&D subject, perfect intellectual property protection, optimize related mechanism. The crossover from raw material drug and global generic-drugs great power to innovative drug great power could be realized by adjusting pharmaceutical industrial structure, standardizing industry norms, perfecting operation mechanism.

  16. Logistic regression analysis of the influencing factors of psychological problems faced by college students%大学生心理障碍影响因素的Logistic回归分析

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    钟文娟; 黄万琪; 张银友; 贺尊

    2007-01-01

    、恐怖、偏执、精神病性各因子均分高于正常组(t=13.39,29.64,27.09,26.04,19.52,18.13,14.15,18.61,22.41,P<0.01).②经Logistic回归分析,单因素分析选出9项因子,其中父母理解自己的程度、与家庭成员关系、对学习的要求、人格特征、E>61.5、神经质<38.5等6项因素为保护因素,其他3项(精神质分值>61.5、内、外倾分值<38.5、神经质分值>61.5)为危险因素;多因素分析结果显示与家庭成员关系、对学习的要求、人格特征3项因素为保护因素,神经质分值>61.5为危险因素.结论:大学二年级学生心理障碍与学生同家庭成员关系,父母理解的程度,对学习的要求程度以及人格特征和个性特质有关.%BACKGROUND: With the rapid development of modern society, psychological problems in college students have been paid high attention by educatienal organizations of psychological health in China. OBJECTIVE: To probe into the influencing factors of psychological problems in college students. DESIGH: Cluster sampling 1∶2 paired observation, case-control study. SETTING: Medical College of Wuhan Polytechnic University. PARTICTPANTS: 1 200 sophomores with the age ranged 19-20 years were selected from Wuhan Polytecnic University by cluster sampling at June 2001, and 145 students with the scores of more than 3 factors greater than 3 points were screened by Symptom Checklist 90 (SCL-90) (including 9 factors of somatization, compulsion, interpersonal sensitivity, depression, anxiety, hostility, phobia, paranoid and schizophrenia. The higher the grade was, the severer the symptom was) to be the psychological problem group. Subjects were selected to be the normal controls at the ratio of 1∶2 with those in the psychological problem group, whose classes, specialties and ages (the difference was less than 2 years) were similar to those of the enrolled patients. 290 students normal in the indexes of SCL-90 were taken as the matched group. Of

  17. 我国地方金融监管的现状与问题%The Current Situation and Problems of Local Financial Supervision in China

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    陈道富

    2016-01-01

    There is a big provincial difference in financial regulatory responsibilities and organization. The local financial regulation spreads among a variety of departments,and financial regulatory bodies and specific duties vary in different regions,mainly focusing on the establishment of micro-credit company’s risk precaution system. Facing the huge complex regulatory object, local financial supervision resources are quite limited and it focuses on province and municipality level,which leads to a resource scarcity in county and uneven distribution of financial institutions.In addition,there is inconformity among local financial development,local financial regulation and local financial risk rescue.Some of the regulatory measures lack a clear legal basis.%我国各省的金融监管职责和组织框架差异性较大,地方金融监管分散于多个部门,不同地方的金融监管机构组织架构、具体职责不尽相同,且主要着力于建立小贷公司的风险防范系统。相对于庞大复杂的监管对象,地方金融监管资源相当有限,且主要集中在省市两级。县级资源极度缺乏,与地方金融机构的分布严重错配,监管手段严重不足。而且,地方经济金融发展、地方金融监管与地方金融风险救助之间的职责不完全一致,部分监管措施缺乏明确的法律依据。

  18. Study on the current problems of college students’ employment and entrepreneurship%大学生就业与创业现状问题研究

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    杨丽贞

    2014-01-01

    In recent years, China's college graduates employment problem has aroused widespread concern in the community. According to the relevant survey data, students take the economically developed eastern and coastal areas as the first choice, we find graduates employment in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen City, accounted for 29%, 25%, 23%, 13%, and middle and west only 4%and 3%. This makes the job to become a focus problem, then we should first understand this problem radically, and then find out the corresponding countermeasures and methods. The following article according to conventional thinking people of the whole society, the employment situation of higher education as well as these aspects to further understand the difficult problem of employment. And the understanding on entrepreneurial status.%近年来关于我国大学生毕业就业难的问题引起了社会广泛的关注。据相关调查数据显示,大学生把经济发达的东部和沿海地区作为就业的首选,我们了解到上海、北京、广州、深圳等市就业的毕业生占调查人数的29%、25%、23%、13%,而选择到中、西部的人数仅有4%和3%。这就使得就业难成为一个焦点问题,那么在现状下我们应当首先从根本上了解这一问题,然后找出相应的解决对策和方法。下面的文章我们就现在社会的整个就业状况、人们的常规性思维以及高等教育自身这几个方面进一步了解就业难的问题。以及如何创业及创业现状的了解。

  19. Various Problems Concerning the Construction of a WWW Japanese-Language Corpus― The Current State and Future Prospects of Japanese-Language Corpus Research ―

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    Nozaki, Hironari; Toda, Kazuyuki; Umeda, Kyoko

    2009-01-01

    The objective of this paper is to discuss various problems that arise when Japanese-language text that is circulating on the World-Wide Web (WWW)is utilized as a corpus. First of all, our review of previous research relating to Japanese-language corpora showed that research into the application of the WWW as a Japanese-language corpus has still not been tackled sufficiently. We then studied all of the research papers that were presented at national conventions over a two-year period for one J...

  20. Realistic face modeling based on multiple deformations

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    GONG Xun; WANG Guo-yin

    2007-01-01

    On the basis of the assumption that the human face belongs to a linear class, a multiple-deformation model is proposed to recover face shape from a few points on a single 2D image. Compared to the conventional methods, this study has the following advantages. First, the proposed modified 3D sparse deforming model is a noniterative approach that can compute global translation efficiently and accurately. Subsequently, the overfitting problem can be alleviated based on the proposed multiple deformation model. Finally, by keeping the main features, the texture generated is realistic. The comparison results show that this novel method outperforms the existing methods by using ground truth data and that realistic 3D faces can be recovered efficiently from a single photograph.